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Politicians often make natural disasters worse

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The situation in Zimbabwe – where over 4 million people are facing starvation – is the result of natural and human-made factors.


05 Dec 2019
PREMIUM!
Politicians often make natural disasters worse

Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa. Picture: Shepard Tozvireva / African News Agency (ANA)

At a time when most people are looking forward to relaxing over the festive season, a horrific humanitarian crisis is unfolding in Zimbabwe. The World Food Programme says more than 7.7 million people – about half the population – are affected by hunger and it is putting in place an operation to help prevent 4.1 million of them from starving to death. The situation is the result of natural and human-made factors. Zimbabwe has had just one rainy season in the past five years which could be considered normal, with the others having varied from below average to drought conditions....

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