There are days when ‘my husband and I don’t eat at all’ – Families survive on one meal in drought-hit Zimbabwe

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In eastern Zimbabwe’s parched Buhera district, Omega Kufakunesu’s family has been forced to scale down daily meals to just a portion of vegetables and sadza, a thick maize-meal porridge.In the morning only the children get the porridge, and everyone skips lunch.

“During the day we have wild fruit collected by the children, and at night we have smaller portions of sadza with vegetables,” harvested from the communal village garden, said Kufakunesu, sitting outside her thatched round hut.A palmful of shumha, a drought-resistant wild fruit, is all she will eat during the day until dinner time.”We have reduced our food portions so that its enough for everyone,” she said.

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