Hunger: At least 80 000 Zim children 'at risk of dropping out of school'

2016-10-19 13:05


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Harare - At least 80 000 school-going children in Zimbabwe are reportedly at risk of losing out on education because of hunger "which has reached alarming levels". 

According to New, the World Food Programme (WFP) said the most affected provinces were Matebeleland North, Midlands and Mashonaland central.

The WFP said that it was feeding at least 38 500 school kids in three districts in the southern African country.

The districts were identified as Zvishavane in Midlands’s province, Mbire in Mashonaland province as well as Binga.

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Early this year, the United Nations warned that Zimbabwe would be facing  a growing food supply crisis, with a $290 million shortfall in funding desperately required to feed up to 4.5 million people in need by next year.

This came about after the regional drought worsened by the El Nino weather phenomenon hit Zimbabwe hard, with Mozambique, Zambia and Malawi also being affected, as thousands of cattle died, reservoirs depleted and crops destroyed.

Read more on:    wfp  |  zimbabwe  |  droughts  |  southern africa  |  el nino

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