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28 Aug 2016 description
report Voice of America

Sebastian Mhofu, Anita Powell

HARARE/JOHANNESBURG — The grievances of the opposition protesters who marched in Zimbabwe’s capital Friday can be summed up in one word: In the Shona language, zvakwana, in Ndebele, sokwanele, and in English, enough.

“The people’s desperation is very deep,’ said former prime minister Morgan Tsvangirai, once considered the nation’s strongest opposition figure.

26 Aug 2016 description

Harare, Zimbabwe | AFP | Saturday 8/27/2016 - 01:39 GMT

by Reagan Mashavave and Fanuel Jongwe

by Reagan Mashavave and Fanuel Jongwe

Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe on Friday warned that the Arab Spring style of protests would fall flat in Zimbabwe after police fired teargas and beat up protesters staging the latest of a string of highly charged demonstrations.

26 Aug 2016 description

THEMATIC OVERVIEW

Theme: Protests

There were widespread protests in the month of July in Beitbridge, Harare, Bulawayo Victoria Falls and Bindura. These protests were against the deteriorating economic and political situation in the country. The protests were unprecedented as they were largely led by non partisan groups and were mostly mobilised through social media.

26 Aug 2016 description

SUMMARY

The bulk of Southern African Development Community (SADC) is likely to receive normal to above-normal rainfall for most of the period October to December (OND) 2016 and the January to March (JFM) 2017. However, northernmost Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) northern Angola, southernmost of Tanzania, northern Mozambique, the islands states of Seychelles and eastern-most Madagascar are more likely to receive normal to below-normal rainfall most of the season.

THE TWENTIETH ANNUAL SOUTHERN AFRICA REGIONAL CLIMATE OUTLOOK FORUM

26 Aug 2016 description
report IRIN

No escape from the country’s hardships

Hunger in Zimbabwe is seen overwhelmingly as a rural problem. Consecutive droughts have scorched harvests, and as a result 4.1 million people – half the rural population – are expected to be in need of food aid next year.

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26 Aug 2016 description

Harare, Zimbabwe | AFP | Friday 8/25/2016 - 23:05 GMT-4

by Reagan MASHAVAVE

A failing economy and deepening poverty have spawned a wave of sporadic anti-government protests in Zimbabwe, the likes of which have not been seen in years.

Street vendors, bus drivers, grandmothers, university graduates and even civil servants have joined protests that have become an almost daily occurrence in recent weeks.

25 Aug 2016 description
report AlertNet

by Andrew Mambondiyani | Thomson Reuters Foundation

Thursday, 25 August 2016 07:04 GMT

By Andrew Mambondiyani

GUTAURARE, Zimbabwe, Aug 25 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The only dam in this small-scale farming community in eastern Zimbabwe used to provide water for both people and cattle. Now, dried to a dirty puddle, it is a source of competition rather than refreshment.

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23 Aug 2016 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • FAO regional study finds gaps in seed availability and access

  • FAO launches regional appeal requesting $108 million to support 19 million people in the region

  • USAID partners continue to respond to drought-related humanitarian needs across the Southern Africa region

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

23 Aug 2016 description

Anna Heard and Annette N. Brown

23 Aug 2016 description
infographic UN Children's Fund

Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) in Southern Africa

The impact of the drought in Southern Africa on WASH is already observed in places where the drought has been more acute and where WASH coverage was already low.

Only 61 per cent of the region’s population has access to safe drinking water and 39 per cent have access to adequate sanitation facilities.

Approximately 6.4 million people (including 3.2 million children) in the seven priority countries have reduced access to safe water as a direct result of the El Niño drought.

23 Aug 2016 description
infographic UN Children's Fund

Nutrition Situation of Children in Southern Africa

UNICEF El Niño Nutrition results in 2016 in seven priority countries • Almost 15 million people are food and nutrition insecure (including approximately 7.8 million children) in the 7 priority countries.

• Approximately 36% of children in the 7 priority countries in Southern Africa are stunted and therefore not able to fully achieve their full developmental, intellectual and physical potential.

23 Aug 2016 description
infographic UN Children's Fund

Health Situation of Children in Southern Africa

UNICEF El Niño Health response in 2016 in seven priority countries The impacts of El Niño and La Niña are expected to more than double the regular caseloads of childhood illnesses (malaria, cholera, pneumonia, measles and diarrhoea) in the most affected countries.

• Diarrhoea cases among children are expected to increase up to 4 times that of the regular yearly cases.

• Projections of pneumonia cases among children show a 1.5 times increase in cases.

23 Aug 2016 description

This issue focuses on the Yellow fever, Cholera, Zika Virus Disease and Chikungunya outbreaks.

During the period under review, there have been protracted urban Yellow Fever (YF) outbreaks in Angola that have spread to the neighboring DR Congo and there have been exported cases to China and Kenya. Another outbreak of Yellow Fever was reported in Uganda but was not epidemiologically linked to the Angola or DR Congo outbreaks. The Uganda YF outbreak was rapidly and effectively contained.