Zimbabwe: 'Serious Humanitarian Crisis'

March 13, 2009

HARARE, Zimbabwe (ENI) - Zimbabwe is in a "serious humanitarian crisis," with villagers surviving on wild berries and appealing for food aid that is not coming, the head of Christian Care in the southern African country has charged. The Rev. Forbes Matonga, the national director of Christian Care, which distributes food for UNICEF in Zimbabwe, said in a March 5 statement that food security "remains particularly precarious" for Zimbabweans.


"Faced with these challenges, it is not enough, it is not adequate to look east or west or to the hills for answers but to look up to the Lord and stand still and know that he is God," said Matonga, a United Methodist whose aid group is a member of the church-backed Action by Churches Together International alliance.