Food

Hunger the real homework

Widespread hunger in rural Zimbabwe means that Kembo Ndlovu, head of Lupaka primary school, doesn’t just have to worry about nourishing his pupils’ minds, but also their bodies. Children who don’t get enough food at home, won’t have the energy to go to school and if they do, nagging hunger pangs will make it harder ...

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Children abandoned in Zimbabwe’s economic crisis

Children abandoned in Zimbabwe’s economic crisis

While Elvis Presley was famous for his fried peanut butter sandwiches and his voracious appetite, Elvis Ncube in Zimbabwe is lucky if he gets a daily meal of porridge and beans. Elvis’ mother left for Botswana for a short period to find work in 2005, but she never returned. Life in Madabe village, southern Zimbabwe, ...

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Zimbabwe: “The food is finished”

In the gentle warmth of a mid-winter African sun, Moffat Mpofu seeks shade beside his small thatched hut. Beside him his wife Sarah stretches out on a thin grass mat, their youngest daughter resting quietly across her knees. But the peaceful scene hides a distressing story. Mr Mpofu, 49, tested positive for HIV in December ...

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Working Together to Save Lives in Darfur

Working Together to Save Lives in Darfur

Christian Churches from all over the world are working together to save the lives of people affected by conflict in Darfur. A joint programme involving ACT (Action by Churches Together), a global alliance of churches and related agencies working in the field of humanitarian relief, and Caritas Internationalis has been providing essential life-saving services such ...

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G8 weak on climate change

G8 weak on climate change

The G8 leaders’ approach to climate change is half-hearted, says Caritas England and Wales (CAFOD) and Caritas Scotland (SCIAF), with no solutions for action being proposed. Although the G8 recognises the problem of climate change and its causes, world leaders have been less than specific about their response, promising only “strong and early action”. George ...

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