Zimbabwe’s Rock and Hard Place: No Escape from the Country’s Hardships

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Hunger in Zimbabwe is seen overwhelmingly as a rural problem. Consecutive droughts have scorched harvests, and as a result 4.1 million people – half the rural population – are expected to be in need of food aid next year. But the blinding focus on the countryside obscures the struggles of the urban poor; of people like Ruramai Chakanyuka, who sells fruit and vegetables in the centre of the capital, Harare. What she earns is barely enough to support her two children, even though she supplements her income as best she can by growing maize illegally on municipal land.

(IRIN)