Water is Life in Masvingo, Zimbabwe

30 Nov 2016

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In Zimbabwe’s Masvingo Province, erratic, scarce rainfall has led to repeated crop failure and severe food shortages across the districts of Bikita and Chivi. Despite the Save River basin being seated within the region, climate change has extended the dry seasons, reducing the river water level and leaving populations extremely vulnerable to drought. “Last year we had only two months of rain, then nothing”, confirms Anisto. “There is a serious hunger problem. People are depending on social welfare”. The villagers describe the new presence of people begging in the street and desperate neighbours offering labour in exchange for food.