Thursday, August 07, 2008

Zim faces food supply disaster

From ABC (Australia)

Almost half of Zimbabwe's population could face severe food shortages by the beginning of next year.

The warning comes from the International Red Cross which has launched an emergency appeal.

Zimbabwe's economic collapse, combined with drought and crop failures, have left two million people short of food.

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies is warning that figure could rise to five million by January next year.

It's launched a $26 million appeal to try to prevent a humanitarian catastrophe from unfolding.

Meanwhile, Zimbabwe's ruling and opposition parties have united in calling for an end to the political violence which is tearing the country apart.....

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