International aid organizations are responding to the complex humanitarian crisis in Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe is in the midst of an economic meltdown with staggering inflation and unemployment. This is resulting in shortages of food and fuel, and a breakdown of almost all basic government services. The current cholera outbreak, which has to date claimed over 600 lives, was triggered by the shortage of clean water and lack of functioning sanitation services. Estimates are that 300,000 people are still at risk. Cholera and hunger are only two of the risks faced by the people of Zimbabwe.
This report offers international agencies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), the media and the public an overview of the humanitarian and development assistance being provided to the people of Zimbabwe by InterAction member agencies.
The 16 member organizations that submitted information for this report are conducting relief and development operations in Zimbabwe.
Much of Southern Africa has experienced well-below average rainfall this season, causing crops to wither after a similarly poor production year in 2001-2002. The drought, exacerbated by depleted reserves and high maize prices, has already forced hundreds of thousands of people throughout the region to rely on food aid for survival. The food insecurity is most acute in Zambia, Malawi and Zimbabwe, although Mozambique, Lesotho and Swaziland are also affected.
In February 2000, veterans from the liberation war of the 1970s took over hundreds of white owned farms in Zimbabwe’s countryside. These land seizures took the form of mass squatting as well as violence against farm owners.
Press Contact: Shanta Bryant, 202-667-8227
NGO Contacts: James Bishop, Director of Humanitarian Response, 202-667-8227, x104
Anita Malley, Program Associate, x105
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Heavy rains in the region are causing flooding in Southern Africa. In Malawi 130,000 people have been displaced by the flooding, and 330,000 people have been affected. In Mozambique, 75 people have been killed, 90,000 have been displaced, and 490,000 have been affected by flooding in the provinces of Zambezia, Sofala, Manica, and Tete. In Zimbabwe
InterAction members listed here are accepting contributions for assistance they or their affiliates are providing to victims of the flooding in Southern Africa.
Press Contact: Shanta M. Bryant, 202-667-8227 x115