Zimbabwe is now at the brink of the man-made starvation caused by the country’s numerous internal issues, the United Nation said following the visit of the organisation’s expert.
Hilal Elver, the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food, claimed 5.5 million Zimbabweans from the rural areas were unable to obtain enough food to meet their basic needs.
The urban territories have been less affected by the disaster, however, 2.2 million people there also face food insufficiency in addition to the lack of health and safe water. Moreover, the continuously deteriorating situation has a severe impact on the children, especially the youngest among them.
“I saw the ravaging effects of malnutrition on infants deprived of breastfeeding because of their own mothers’ lack of access to adequate food,” Elver claimed.
The specialist recommended the authorities to urgently reform the national agriculture and food systems in order to achieve self-sufficiency and always be prepared for any possible natural hazards. To do this as quickly as possible, Zimbabwe needs to unite on both the political and social levels.