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.