Hunger ravages Save Valley

CHIPINGE - Hunger has ravaged the Save Valley, forcing villagers to migrate to other districts and even across the border.

The elderly have resorted to door-to-door begging.

The arid region has experienced poor harvests over the past two years, with the El-Niño- induced drought aggravating the situation.

Very low rainfall in the 2015/2016 season saw over 2 000 cattle starving to death in the area.

The migrations have mainly affected Chipinge South and Musikavanhu constituencies, which lie in agro-ecological region five and are the hardest hit by the drought and hunger in Manicaland Province.

Chipinge South Zanu PF legislator Enoch Porusingazi said the food crisis was even forcing women to migrate to South Africa.

“The situation is forcing women to join their husbands in South Africa breaking, from the norm of staying home and maintaining their rural homes,” he said.

Porusingazi said while they were getting food aid, the priority was people who were deemed to have been vulnerable for a long time.

“...but the situation has since deteriorated to such an extent that everyone now needs help,” he said.

“Those who had a little left in their granaries last year no longer have anything as well. Everyone here is now vulnerable and in need of government assistance,” Porusingazi said.

Musikavanhu MP Prosper Mutseyami added that many small families are being forced to work as families in areas where there were good harvests both within Chipinge and in neighbouring Chimanimani district.

Recently, Mutseyami noted that his constituency was recording an increase in the deaths of chronic patients due to the debilitating effects of malnutrition.

“Government should move to place everyone here under its aid umbrella. We have had years of successive droughts and they are now taking their toll on people, particularly with complicated health conditions already,” Mutseyami said.

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