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UN: Zimbabwe aid cutoff endangers 2 million, mostly children

UN: Zimbabwe aid cutoff endangers 2 million, mostly children

The U.N.'s top humanitarian official says at least 2 million people face greater risk of starvation, homelessness and disease because of Zimbabwe's decision to cut off the work of aid groups.
U.N. humanitarian chief John Holmes on Friday criticized Zimbabwe's government for its "deplorable decision."
Much of the U.N.'s aid in Zimbabwe is funneled through nongovernmental organizations. Holmes says restricting that flow will affect "at least 2 million of the most poor and vulnerable of Zimbabwe's people, particularly children."
Holmes' comments came after U.S. and British diplomats warned that Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe is using food as a weapon ahead of June 27 runoff elections.


Updated : 2021-05-14 07:10 GMT+08:00