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27 Apr 2015 description
report IRIN

HARARE, 27 April 2015 (IRIN) - More than 2,000 Zimbabweans displaced by xenophobic attacks in South Africa have packed their bags for home. But Zimbabwe, a country teetering on the verge of economic collapse, is unlikely to offer them the means to restart their lives.

27 Apr 2015 description
report UN Children's Fund

Mary Taruvinga struggled to make ends meet when her husband died in 2010. Without warning, she was faced with the daunting responsibility of providing for four children, without any external support.

She was not alone.

In her village, others such as Mbuya Matajwa Mwanza, had struggled for a decade, after assuming the responsibility of her two grandchildren following the death of their parents due to HIV/AIDS. Mbuya Mwanza had to take care of Mike, age 16 and Chipo 11.

27 Apr 2015 description
report UN Children's Fund

By Richard Nyamanhindi

“I cannot walk properly,” says 84 year old Mbuya Matajwa Mwanza a beneficiary of the Harmonised Social Cash Transfer programme at Marahwa Business Centre in Mashonaland West in Zimbabwe.

“It is completely bent on its side at a very awkward angle. A few years ago, I fell and broke my leg. I could not pay for the doctor. Since then my foot has been paralyzed.”

24 Apr 2015 description

Little rainfall expected over atypically dry areas of northern Ethiopia

  1. Erratic, below-average rainfall in February and early March, followed by four consecutive weeks of little to no rainfall since mid-March has led to large moisture deficits and rapidly deteriorating ground conditions in Ethiopia. The absence of mid-season rainfall is likely to adversely affect cropping activities in Belg-producing areas of the country.

24 Apr 2015 description
report Voice of America

Chris Gande

WASHINGTON DC— Zimbabweans and other foreigners in South Africa, who sought refuge in shelters from xenophobic attacks, have started going back to their homes.

This follows a lull in the wave of attacks targetting foreigners that officials say left seven people dead. Unofficial sources say the figure could be much higher.

Zimbabwe’s Ambassador to South Africa, Isaac Moyo, told Studio 7 he witnessed two camps in one of the hardest hit suburbs of Alexandra near Johannesburg being dismantled.

22 Apr 2015 description

Johannesburg – A medical team from Médecins Sans Frontières, (MSF) has been responding to the health needs of displaced people for nearly a week now since violent xenophobic attacks in the KwaZulu Natal (KZN) province. The team provides basic medical care following needs assessments at three displacement camps, housing more than 5,000 people around the coastal city of Durban. A second team will soon conduct similar assessments in the Ekurhuleni region near Johannesburg.

22 Apr 2015 description
  • Very poor rains across northern Ethiopia expected to negatively affect “Belg” season cropping activities.

  • Average to above-average rains continue across parts of Kenya, Tanzania, and southern Somalia.

21 Apr 2015 description

Launched in June 2005 by President George W. Bush, the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) represented a major 5-year, $1.265 billion expansion of U.S. Government resources for malaria control. The Initiative is led by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and implemented together with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). PMI funds programs in 19 focus countries in Africa and one regional program in the Greater Mekong Subregion of Southeast Asia (see Appendix 1).

20 Apr 2015 description

Regional Overview

South Africa

With relative calm largely restored following last week's xenophobic violence that displaced thousands, many foreign nationals are being assisted in returning to their countries of origin, while Government considers ways of reintegrating those that wish to remain.

Malawi

20 Apr 2015 description

PROJECTED FOOD ASSISTANCE NEEDS FOR OCTOBER 2015

17 Apr 2015 description

Cholera situation

In Malawi, 96 new cholera cases were reported this week – the highest number since the outbreak began 9 weeks ago, with 3 new deaths. The outbreak continues to spread to new areas. According to WHO, the epi-curve is indicative of the presence of a common source of infection to which people are exposed to continuously or intermittently. The response is ongoing, with more than 850 health workers trained in cholera case management, and 129,000 people vaccinated in the first round of a two-round campaign.

17 Apr 2015 description
report The Zimbabwean

Erratic water supplies in Epworth have come with a heavy cost for people living with disabilities, who have to pay extra costs to get the precious liquid.

17 Apr 2015 description
report The Zimbabwean

For too many years, farmers like Ivy Sibanda, from the Jambezi area in Hwange district of Matabeleland North, have toiled under the brutal sun every day without much success. Pamenus Tuso tells their story.

Every season produces only scorched maize fields with little or no returns despite all the effort and hard work.

17 Apr 2015 description

Belg rainfall remains delayed in Ethiopia, dryness worsens in Malawi and Mozambique

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Rainfall continues to be below-average across several local areas of southwestern and east-central Ethiopia. Further delay of rainfall during April is likely to adversely affect cropping activities for several Belgproducing areas.

16 Apr 2015 description

HARARE – The Government of Japan has announced a contribution to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) of US$1.5 million to help vulnerable people in Zimbabawe develop assets to improve livelihoods and ensure food security in their communities. The contribution comes at a time when parts of Zimbabwe are facing another poor growing season due to drought.

16 Apr 2015 description
report ActionAid

This report reflects the experiences of over 3,000 women and girls living in urban communities in Brazil, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Liberia, Nepal, South Africa and Zimbabwe. While the women and girls interviewed in this baseline study shared their views that cities can be places of choice and empowerment for them, they also spoke of the multiple challenges they face in enjoying their rights and freely making choices about their daily lives.

15 Apr 2015 description
report The Zimbabwean

Last month HALO Zimbabwe achieved the milestone of destroying over 5,000 mines since clearance began in November 2013. This mine clearance has taken place along a 10km stretch of border in the Mashonaland Central region, along the northern border with Mozambique.

The Zimbabwe Mine Action Centre estimates that mines have claimed over 1,590 lives and injured over 2,000 people. In Zimbabwe HALO employs 153 national staff members, the majority recruited from the communities affected by the mines.

15 Apr 2015 description

Increased amounts of rainfall leads to favorable moisture conditions over parts of eastern Ethiopia, southern Somalia.

Late season dryness observed over parts of Malawi and Mozambique.

14 Apr 2015 description
report The Zimbabwean

by Clayton Masekesa

More than a decade has passed since President Robert Mugabe’s controversial ‘Land Reform Programme’ chased more than 5 000 white commercial farmers off the land and destroyed the livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of farm workers and their families.

In the large lounge of the old farm house on Claire Farm, pupils are now getting a Shona lesson, their school bags neatly stacked in the empty, grand fireplace. The dining room, where black staff served three generations of the David Claire family, is now also a classroom.