Zimbabwe – people go hungry as drought looms

Africa Sustainable Conservation News

Reuters

A woman fetches drinking water from a well along a dry Chemumvuri river near Gokwe, Zimbabwe, May 20, 2015.
REUTERS/PHILIMON BULAWAYO

Even in the best of times, life is harsh in Siyagijima, a desolate village in southwest Zimbabwe. After the worst regional drought in nearly a decade and the failure of nearby crops, it is likely to be even harsher.

For 31-year-old Mejury Tererai, whose maize and cotton crops have been decimated, that means feeding her children nothing but scarce maize and groundnuts.

She would be lucky to get 50 kilos of maize this year – enough for just over a month. Her cotton is a write-off and she owes $27 (£17.47) to the firm that provided her with chemicals. If she fails to pay, they will sell her single goat or chickens or rip the corrugated iron roof from her two-roomed house…

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