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13 Nov 2002 description

Editor's note: Monitor staff correspondent Danna Harman and staff photographer Andy Nelson spent three weeks in southern Africa, looking at the causes behind widespead food shortages facing six nations. This is the second in a four-part series.

By Danna Harman

Last May, with signs of a food crisis in Southern Africa growing, the United Nations World Food Program (WFP) rented out a two-story building in suburban Johannesburg, South Africa. Gray carpeting was rolled out, cubicles were erected, coffeemakers wheeled in, computers hooked up, and ID badges handed out.

12 Nov 2002 description

First in a four-part series looking at six African nations on the brink

By Danna Harman

The Liberty Grace set sail from Louisiana on a hot, sticky evening in late August. Capt. John Codispoti and his crew steered downriver to the mouth of the Mississippi, across the Gulf of Mexico, and in the early morning hours of Sept. 3, hit the open ocean and turned toward Africa.

01 Mar 2002 description

By Nicole Itano | Special to the Christian Science Monitor

CHIMOIO, MOZAMBIQUE - Mozambique has little of the natural mineral wealth of its neighbors and, after years of war, few of the luxuries of modern life.

29 Feb 2000 description

By yesterday, three weeks of pouring rain and cyclones had left 1 million homeless.

Corinna Schuler - Special to The Christian Science Monitor

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - Helicopters raced to save Mozambican villagers who were clinging to trees and rooftops yesterday, as floodwaters ravaged southern Africa for the third straight week.

"Our pilots have seen people sitting on rooftops as the waters were rising ... unable to reach them," says a shaken Maj.