Hunger hits Swaziland - Unicef

2012-03-17 11:32

Mbabane - One in four households in Swaziland, Africa's last absolute monarchy, were hit by the rising cost of food and even forced to skip meals, Unicef said in a report on Friday.

"The report showed that households with family members living with HIV were at greater risk to shocks and relied more on cheaper meals or skipped meals altogether," said the report, which surveyed 1 334 households in 2011.

The poor southern African kingdom is grappling with a severe financial crisis after a sudden loss in earnings in 2011 from a regional customs union, its main source of income.

According to the report, Swaziland entered the crisis with "already major social challenges including the highest HIV rate in the world". Experts say it stands between 25% and 40%.

Widespread poverty affects 63% of the 1.1 million population and 29% of them were in need of social security.

The report warned that failure to curb government spending as well as cuts in labour income threatened the country's progress toward reaching the Millennium Goals in health, education, and food security.

  • phathuchicos - 2012-03-17 12:33

    i'm sure mswati's stash in switzerland and stakes in almost every swazi company could relieve that hunger crisis...

  • Anthony - 2012-03-17 12:49

    Mswati, a little gaddafi in the making; Corrupt, violent and king !!!!

  • goyougoodthing - 2012-03-17 13:08

    Can we get SWIFT to close down MSweaty's bank accounts too please. What happend to the billions our government gave them a while back?

      phathuchicos - 2012-03-17 18:42

      duh which planet are from...SA didn't give them because they refused to accept the conditions attached to the loan.

  • stefventerza - 2012-03-17 17:54

    Then I suppose SA must give ain, and because the lack off white farmers it seems that all African states or goverments is going all goes down the same way. People go hungry and is the ones that is suffering. AndI will take u a bet that the potbelly eats whenever he wants or needs. Wow.......

  • braamc - 2012-03-17 19:01

    Go ask your "king" for food

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