Famine In Zimbabwe. Essay

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"The tragedy is that it is unwilling to see or acknowledge it's authorship of the crisis," this statement was quoted from the Daily News, speaking about Zimbabwe's huge famine and the government's role in it (Southern Africa). Zimbabwe's government has passed a new land policy that, accompanied by a drought is causing thousands of people to starve; countries have the options of either being a resource or dealing with it more politically.The "Alice in Wonderland" land program was brought into law by President Mugabe who feels that it would be correcting a historical wrong (Appeals For). In this programs 3,000 white farmers are being forced to abandon their farms within a forty-five day period. The Zimbabwean government plans to then redistribute the property to landless blacks. When a spokesperson of the government was questioned about the program he said, "The problem with these people is that they believe that if they cry they are going to get this process reversed . . . But these farmers are fooling themselves because we are not going to accept again a situation where the indigenous people are denied land and just work for the whites" (White Farmers). This plan will cause thousands of people to go hungry.The problem with this redistribution is the food shortage it will bring. Many Zimbabweans are starving already and most suffer from malnutrition (Come To). Farmers were required to stop working their land June 25 of this year and they were given until August 10 to be off the land (White Farmers). Thousands of black farmers are needed to make up the difference in the food shortage and they are scarce. If planting is not completed by October there will be little if any harvest next year. Output is expected to shrink by more than thirty percent by next year (Appeals For). With no black farmers to make up the difference there is no way to grow the food that is needed.On a trip throughout Zimbabwe Jyl Hall saw the widespread hunger first hand. He heard the countless stories of the harsh environment they live in. Even people who have money are going hungry because there is simply no food to buy. People wait for days in food lines for food that sometimes never come. Some people are living off tea. Orphanages in these parts are being forced to turn children away because there is not enough food to support them. This is a country in desperate need of help (Come To).One reason that so many children are starving is because of the HIV/AIDS epidemic now sweeping across southern Africa. Zimbabwe is the second worst affected country in Africa (Come To). Up to eighty percent of the people hospitalized have the AIDS virus. This disease leaves many children orphans. These children are usually pushed off onto close relatives. It is common for a woman to have up to 12 children because siblings or family members have passed away (Come To). It is impossible for a family to feed 14 people, especially considering the minute rations they must live on. Some children are...

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