Famine alert in Swaziland


Link: Reuters AlertNet – SWAZILAND: No end in sight to food shortages.

JOHANNESBURG, 7 February (IRIN) – On the brink of
its fifth consecutive harvest failure, concern is mounting in Swaziland as food shortages continue.”The World Food Programme (WFP) has moved from an emergency response to recovery, but there is
still a huge demand for relief food distribution,” Catherine Feeney, WFP’s Deputy Country Director, told IRIN.The organisation is already feeding 250,000 people, nearly a quarter of the population,
but in the face of a “triple threat” – the combination of food insecurity, poverty and HIV/AIDS – merely food aid is not enough, Feeney remarked.

This is not good news for the Swazi people. Their economy isn’t strong enough to be able to be stressed by a worsening health care crisis AND food shortages.

There are agencies working to speed aid to them, but with this, I can imagine people may be in danger of not getting there fast enough with enough aid…

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