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UNICEF's $1 Million Donation to Help Tokwe Mukosi Flood Victims

Blessing Zulu

WASHINGTON DC— UNICEF has assured victims of last year’s Tokwe-Mukosi floods that they will get the much-needed assistance as the rainy season fast approaches with most of them still living in poor conditions.

Most of the victims have been complaining that the bulk of funds being donated in their name have not been reaching them.

The Japanese government on Wednesday donated over a million dollars through UNICEF to Local Government Minister Saviour Kasukuwere to support women and children displaced by the 2014 floods around the Tokwe Mukosi Dam in Masvingo province.

Blessing Zindi, who works with UNICEF’s emergency department in Harare, told VOA Studio 7 the funds would be used to reduce the risk of malnutrition, diarrhea diseases and the prevention of abuse and sexual violence, especially among women and children.

More than 20,000 villagers were displaced by the floods and then moved to a makeshift camp before being finally “dumped” at Nuanetsi Ranch in Masvingo province.

Interview with Blessing Zindi, UNICEF