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28 May 2015 description
report The Zimbabwean

Dozens of disabled people in Bikita south constituency face starvation after war veterans and suspected Zanu (PF) supporters blocked the distribution of relief food aid.

They accused most of the disabled people of being sympathetic to the MDC-T.

Truck-loads of relief food aid destined for Bikita south constituency were ordered to return back to Masvingo city after the former freedom fighters and suspected Zanu (PF) supporters threatened to burn the trucks and the food.

28 May 2015 description

Harare, Zimbabwe | AFP | Tuesday 5/26/2015 - 12:59 GMT

More than 100 million condoms were distributed in Zimbabwe last year, a huge increase on previous years, indicating that more people were practising safe sex in the battle against HIV, authorities said Tuesday.

According to the National Aids Council, HIV rates in Zimbabwe have declined by 30 percent since 2009.

About 1.3 million Zimbabweans out of a population of 13 million still live with HIV, with 618,980 people on anti-retroviral treatment.

27 May 2015 description
  • Beneficial rainfall in the driest regions of Ethiopia and Djibouti; little rainfall for eastern areas of the Horn of Africa.

  • Moisture surpluses emerge in far western portions of the Western Africa region, while deficits remain to the east.

27 May 2015 description
report The Zimbabwean

The Leonard Cheshire Disability Zimbabwe Trust has embarked on a new project aimed at preventing and responding to violence against girls and women with disabilities.

Entitled Access to Justice for Girls and Women with Disabilities, the project will run for three years until the end of 2017. Girls and women with disabilities, particularly those with intellectual, hearing or speech impairment, are often vulnerable to violent attacks and sexual abuse.

27 May 2015 description
report Reuters - AlertNet

By MacDonald Dzirutwe

SIYAGIJIMA, Zimbabwe, May 26 (Reuters) - Even in the best of times, life is harsh in Siyagijima, a desolate village in southwest Zimbabwe. After the worst regional drought in nearly a decade and the failure of nearby crops, it is likely to be even harsher.

Read the full article on Reuters - AlertNet

26 May 2015 description

DURBAN, South Africa, May 26 (UNHCR) – Approximately 1,000 Burundian and Congolese refugees who sought new lives in South Africa are turning to the UN refugee agency for help, after xenophobic violence forced them to flee their homes last month.

26 May 2015 description

Regional Overview

Zimbabwe

According to the latest report from the Ministry of Agriculture, maize production is expected to decrease by 49 per cent compared to last year, and for all cereals (maize, sorghum, pearl and finger millet) a 649,859 ton deficit is predicted (requirements: 1,458,688 tons; available food production: 808,829 tons).
Sources: 2nd Round Crop Assessment Report, Zimbabwe Ministry of Agriculture.

United Republic of Tanzania

24 May 2015 description

Stressed and Crisis Acute food insecurity outcomes expected due to below-average harvests

KEY MESSAGES

23 May 2015 description

Abnormal dryness continues to affect parts of Ethiopia, Tanzania, and Haiti

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Very poor rainfall since February, combined with six consecutive weeks of virtually no rainfall since midMarch, has led to large moisture deficits and rapidly deteriorating ground conditions in Ethiopia, Djibouti, and eastern Eritrea. The extended mid-season absence of rainfall is likely to adversely affect cropping activities for Belg-producing areas of Ethiopia.

22 May 2015 description
report Government of Japan

On 20th May 2015, the Ambassador of Japan to Zimbabwe, H.E. Mr Yoshi Tendai Hiraishi attended a ceremony in Mukumbura marking the successful completion of “The Project for Mine Clearance in Mashonaland Central Province”. The project was implemented by an international NGO, the HALO Trust with funding by a Japanese grant of eight hundred and sixty-four thousand dollars (USD 864,000), which was inaugurated at a signing ceremony in March 2013.

20 May 2015 description
  • Most of the greater Horn of Africa observed a decrease in rainfall over the previous week.
  • Early season rainfall remains below normal for portions of West Africa.

1) Since late December, an unseasonable distribution of monsoonal rainfall has resulted in anomalous dryness and poor ground conditions unfavorable for crops across several local areas in southern Angola, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, and South Africa.

20 May 2015 description

This brief summarizes FEWS NET’s most forward-looking analysis of projected emergency food assistance needs in FEWS NET coverage countries. The projected size of each country’s acutely food insecure population is compared to last year and the recent five-year average. Countries where external emergency food assistance needs are anticipated are identified. Projected lean season months highlighted in red indicate either an early start or an extension to the typical lean season.

20 May 2015 description
report Voice of America

Tatenda Gumbo
19.05.2015 20:02

WASHINGTON DC— The National AIDS Council says 900 young girls were sexually abused in the first quarter of this year.

According to NewZimbabwe.com, the council says there were at least 1,517 cases of sexual abuse during this period with some of the victims testing HIV after being raped.

Indications are that the figure is lower than that of the last quarter of 2014.

19 May 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS

Madagascar
There is a 26% (US$ 4 Million) short fall for the second phase of the anti-locust campaign in Madagascar. The last IDP site in Antananarivo is confirmed closed.

Malawi
Camps in Phalombe, Mulanje and Zomba districts are reportedly closed but Nsanje and Chikwawa some IDP’s remain in camps.

15 May 2015 description

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Very poor rainfall since February, combined with five consecutive weeks of virtually no rainfall since midMarch, has led to large moisture deficits and rapidly deteriorating ground conditions in Ethiopia, Djibouti, and eastern Eritrea.

  2. Seasonally above-average rainfall, combined with heavy rainfall forecast across eastern Ethiopia and Somalia, is expected to increase the risk for localized flooding along the Jubba and Shabelle River basins in Somalia.

14 May 2015 description
report IRIN

Mhondoro-Ngezi , 14 May 2015 (IRIN) - Farisai Moyo was hoping for a bumper harvest this year, but all he has to show for his hard work is a field of wilted maize – the result of a prolonged dry spell across much of Zimbabwe that is likely to tip the country into food crisis.

”I will now need to sell my goats and chickens to generate income,” Moyo said when IRIN visited his farm in Mhondoro-Ngezi district, about 160 kilometres south of the capital, Harare.

13 May 2015 description
  • The first substantial rains in many weeks across rift valley regions of Ethiopia this past week may benefit grazing activities and water resources.

  • Rainfall becomes more seasonably well distributed across portions of West Africa.

1) Since late December, an unseasonable distribution of monsoonal rainfall has resulted in anomalous dryness and poor ground conditions unfavorable for crops across several local areas in southern Angola, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, and South Africa.

13 May 2015 description

Regional

In Malawi, there were 47 new cholera cases last week, compared to 56 cases the previous week. All of the new cases were registered in Chikwawa (39) and Nsanje (8) districts, with no new cases in Blantyre district last week. However, with two new deaths (1 in Blantyre and 1 in Chikwawa), the case fatality rate has increased to 1.6. In Mozambique there were 97 new cholera cases last week, significantly down from 292 the previous week. No new cases were reported in Zimbabwe or Tanzania.

Tanzania

13 May 2015 description
report The Zimbabwean

When brave mother of three Annah Kashiri lost her husband 10 years ago, falling into despair was never an option for her.

CLAYTON MASEKESA REPORTS.

When her husband passed away 10 years ago, Annah Kashiri was determined to do whatever might be necessary to take care of and educate her three children.

With the help of the USAID’s Productive Agriculture Project gathered her strength and took over the running of the 10-hectare family farm that specialised in growing tobacco and maize.