Swaziland: Disaster Declared in Crushing Drought
February 20, 2004
According to the World Food Program, Swaziland, which is in the third year of a major drought, has declared a state of national disaster and will require extensive food assistance at least until after next year's harvest. Malnutrition is contributing to AIDS among the 30 percent of Swazis who are HIV-infected. The agency, which is already struggling to meet an increased demand for assistance in Zimbabwe and other southern African countries, is asking foreign donors to up their contributions.Adapted from:
New York Times
02.20.04; Michael Wines
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