Sunday, February 26

Zimbabwe today

Reading these just-in news reports about Zimbabwe, while packing my bag, brought up the fear, not just for my life, but fear that if confronted by the realities, I would either feel too much, or shut down and not feel at all.

I'll try to post something now and then on this blog.

The caption that went with this picture:
As Zimbabwe's drought has worsened, the goal of providing 'supplementary' food for children has lost its meaning. This school lunch is the the first, and only, meal these children will have all day.

Killer Drought Threatens East Africa
In cracked riverbeds once flowing with water, dozens of hippos lie decomposing in the stifling heat. The thin, delicate frames of rare Grevy's zebras lie on parched grass, felled by anthrax. The wildlife in East Africa is dying of thirst and starvation, the people are suffering - and now the lack of rain threatens even the Serengeti migrations.

Zimbabwe's shortages, inflation blamed for rise in illegal abortions
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) -- The corpses of at least 20 newborn babies and fetuses are found each week in the sewers of Zimbabwe's capital, some having been flushed down toilets, Harare city authorities said, according to state media Friday.

Zimbabwean Women Protesters Held

About 200 women are in police custody in the Zimbabwe capital, Harare, after a protest on Tuesday over food prices and human rights violations.

1 comment:

James Samuel said...

On the way over in the plane, the CNN was adding to our fears with more reports of droughts, and militarised fighting.

On arrival by plane the place wost mostly green with ample water catchment, in the form of lakes and rivers.

We travelled over a big chunk of the country, from the capital and its rural surrounds North East of the centre, to Victoria Falls on the North West border, to Hwange South of West, and to the Eastern Highland (NE). The news didnt match.