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Zimbabwe: Hunger as a political tool

, Index number: AFR 46/036/2008

Food insecurity in Zimbabwe has reached unprecedented levels. The government has employed traditional leaders and political activists to deny suspected opponents of ZANU-PF access to cheap or relief maize. Traditional leaders are also used to influence the delivery of humanitarian operations thus excluding opponents of the ZANU-PF from food distribution. In this factsheet Amnesty International urges that the unimpeded passage of aid is guaranteed by Zimbabwean authorities and that allegations of discriminatory food distribution are investigated.

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