Many survive on wild fruit as hunger grips rural Zim

Cape Town – Hundreds of people in rural Zimbabwe are reportedly surviving on wild fruit amid intensifying hunger in the southern African country, according to a report.

Daily news said the situation was getting desperate with legislators warning the villagers could starve to death unless urgent food relief efforts were made.

The report cited villagers in Chin'ombe, Zvavahera, Chitsa, Munyikwa and Chin'ai as experiencing the deadly grip of famine. Areas in Matebeleland also faced the same crisis.

Last week News Day reported an increase in the number of school dropouts as a result of hunger. The Minister of education  Lazarus Dokora was quoted as expressing fears the number could increase in the next months as funds for supplementary feeding to pupils were yet to be released.

Recent statistics by the World Food Programme show that about 2.2 million people in Zimbabwe face hunger and that they might need food assistance in the coming months.

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