Tens Of Thousands Face Starvation From War, Drought
BEIRA, Mozambique (AP) _ War and drought have put more than 200,000 people in danger of starvation in central Mozambique, an emergency aid official says.
Antonia Januario, coordinator of the Emergency Commission in central Sofala province, said Monday that tens of thousands of people are setting out on foot in hopes of reaching urban centers to receive humanitarian aid.
Food shortages are severe and will get worse because of a regional drought that has destroyed most crops, Januario was quoted by the national AIM news agency as saying.
Drought is affecting several southern African countries, including the traditional food-exporting countries of Zimbabwe and South Africa.
Mozambique is in a particularly perilous position because of a 15-year-old civil war that has already left half the population in need of donated food.
Januario alleged that in northern Sofala province, anti-government rebels had cut off all overland routes so food had to be flown in.