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Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Zimbabwe needs one food truck every five minutes to survive
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¬†To bring in enough food to save the 6.5 million Zimbabweans facing starvation, one loaded truck needs to cross the border every five minutes, CAFOD revealed today. And that shocking statistic does not take into account the additional supplies that will travel along the same route destined for another 5.6 million threatened people in Zambia and Malawi. As part of its biggest emergency response since the Ethiopia/Eritrea famines of the mid eighties, CAFOD has just launched three major new feeding programmes in Zimbabwe. Now CAFOD, together with its Zimbabwean partners, is providing food daily for 600,000 children, pregnant women and the elderly in the stricken country. The new programmes cover the Masvingo, Nyanga and Chinhoyi dioceses meaning that CAFOD is working in five of the six Zimbabwean dioceses. "We are now battling against time to save lives," said Matthew Carter, CAFOD's Head of Emergencies who has just returned from Zimbabwe. "The situation has deteriorated quicker than had been predicted. Many in Zimbabwe are now in grave danger and it is vital that the food pipeline is not broken through lack of funds. "Predictions for next April's harvest are very low as many people have not had enough seed to plant. Millions within the region will continue to need our help for many months to come." The CAFOD Southern Africa Appeal has raised £1.5million to date which has already been spent on food aid programmes across the Southern Africa region. In addition to the Zimbabwe feeding programmes, CAFOD is also providing food for the most vulnerable in Zambia, Malawi, Angola, Mozambique and Swaziland.
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