Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Death of a people

Doctors Battle Zimbabwe's Cholera Crisis | Newsweek International |

'Failed state' is becoming a common phrase in foreign policy circles, with pirates operating with impunity in Somalia and civil war threatening to re-emerge in Congo. But it is sadly appropriate for Zimbabwe. The government of Robert Mugabe, after denying an outbreak of cholera for weeks, is now begging for international help to contain a "massive outbreak" that has spread to an estimated 60,000 people and claimed 600 lives. The disaster, which caps years of economic decline, has emerged from the deadlock over Mugabe's power-sharing deal with opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai and the resulting chaos. Basic government services are almost nonexistent, food shortages are chronic and inflation has spiraled out of control—today a loaf of bread costs 30 million Zimbabwe dollars,but tomorrow that price could double.

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