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UN says Zimbabwe’s cash shortage hurts aid delivery efforts

Dec. 5, 2019 11:21 AM EST

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — The World Food Program says Zimbabwe’s cash shortage complicates efforts to rush aid to millions of people facing severe hunger. The U.N. agency’s country director Eddie Rowe said Thursday that challenges in accessing cash have delayed aid delivery to parts of the...

UN says half of Zimbabwe’s people face severe hunger

Dec. 3, 2019 8:44 AM EST

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — About half of Zimbabwe’s population faces severe hunger amid a devastating drought and economic collapse, the United Nations said Tuesday, noting a “vicious cycle of skyrocketing malnutrition that’s hitting women and children hardest.” The World Food...

Zimbabwe’s Mugabe left behind $10 million, some houses

Dec. 3, 2019 5:38 AM EST

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — The wealth of Zimbabwe’s former longtime president Robert Mugabe was long a mystery. Now the first official list of assets to be made public says he left behind $10 million and several houses when he died in September. Some in Zimbabwe view that estate as far too modest for...

UN expert: Zimbabwe hunger ‘shocking’ for country not at war

Nov. 28, 2019 8:46 AM EST

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe is on the brink of man-made starvation and the number of people needing help is “shocking” for a country not in conflict, a United Nations special expert on the right to food said Thursday. Hilal Elver said she found stunted and underweight children, mothers...

Zimbabwe police fire tear gas at opposition supporters

Nov. 20, 2019 10:01 AM EST

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe police with riot gear fired tear gas and struck people who gathered on Wednesday to hear a speech by the country’s top opposition leader amid growing frustration with the collapsing economy. Dozens of people ran and dodged baton blows in the capital, Harare. Officers...

No training, no gloves: Zimbabwe’s desperate childbirths

Nov. 18, 2019 8:19 AM EST

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — When her contractions became unbearably painful, 18-year-old Perseverance Kanyoza rushed to a maternity hospital in Zimbabwe’s capital, Harare. But the doors were closed amid a weekslong strike by public health workers. With no money for private care, panic set in. A hospital...

Zimbabwe says 200 elephants have now died amid drought

Nov. 12, 2019 9:12 AM EST

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — More than 200 elephants have died amid a severe drought, Zimbabwe's parks agency said on Tuesday, and a mass relocation of animals is planned to ease congestion. Zimbabwe National Parks and Wildlife Management Authority spokesman Tinashe Farawo said at least 200 elephants have died...

Drought parches southern Africa, millions faced with hunger

Nov. 7, 2019 1:38 PM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — An estimated 45 million people are threatened with hunger by a severe drought strangling wide stretches of southern Africa. Emergency food deliveries are planned for parts of South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe and other countries hard hit by a combination of low rainfall and high...

Zimbabwe police stop protest march by civil servants

Nov. 6, 2019 9:11 AM EST

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe police Wednesday blocked government workers from marching to protest for better salaries, a day after dozens of public hospital doctors were fired for striking for more pay. Strikes have become frequent in the southern African country in recent weeks as the economy...

Zimbabwe's severe drought killing elephants, other wildlife

Nov. 6, 2019 7:15 AM EST

MANA POOLS, Zimbabwe (AP) — Weak from hunger and thirst, the elephant struggled to reach a pool of water in this African wildlife reserve. But the majestic mammal got stuck in the mud surrounding the sun-baked watering hole, which had dramatically shrunk due to a severe drought. Eventually park staff freed...