Zimbabwe and Zambia Food Crisis Appeal
There is a humanitarian emergency unfolding in Zimbabwe and Zambia. Hunger on a massive scale is looming across both countries because of a crippling drought, and spiralling food prices.
Our local Church aid experts are on the frontline of this crisis, reaching remote communities with lifesaving aid - food and clean, safe water. Families have told them that they are on the brink of starvation.
Nomalita, 49, [pictured] told our emergency team, “ I am a widow, I live with my three children and grandchildren. I can only give my family a single meal of porridge a day”.
In the coming weeks we will be working alongside our Church aid experts, to scale up our emergency response and reach more families. Your donation will be a lifeline for our sisters and brothers in urgent need of the basics of life.
What has happened?
The situation in Zimbabwe and Zambia is complex.
Verity Johnson, CAFOD’s Country Representative for Zimbabwe, based in Harare, said:
“Years of economic turmoil and climate change, as well as the recent Cyclone Idai, are pushing families to the brink of starvation. Last year’s harvests failed, largely due to extreme weather, from droughts that lasted for months on end, to flooding which wiped out whole villages.
“The cost of food has risen exponentially, and there are severe bread shortages across the country. Where it can be found, a loaf of bread in Zimbabwe now costs up to fifteen times more than it did a year ago. In the struggle to feed their children, parents are going without themselves.
"The prolonged drought means dams have failed to fill. Wells and rivers are drying up, leaving communities with no option but to walk tens of kilometres to reach water.”
What can you do to help?
At the moment, the situation is only getting worse. You can help by donating to our food crisis appeal to get immediate supplies of food to people who need it the most. Please keep these people and our local experts in your prayers.