Voice from the Commonwealth
Commentary, World Views and Occasional Rants from a small 'l' libertarian in Massachussetts

"If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest for freedom, go home and leave us in peace. We seek not your council nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen." - Samuel Adams

Wednesday, February 26, 2003

Someone at the UN finally figured it out.

The United Nations food agency has said that the Zimbabwe Government is largely responsible for the humanitarian crisis there. The Zimbabwe crisis was "almost beyond comprehension" and could easily have been avoided, said James Morris, head of the World Food Programme. He pointed to President Robert Mugabe's land redistribution programme, which has left thousands of normally productive farms lying idle.

Up to seven million people - half the population - need food aid, donors say.

"This scheme (land reform) along with restrictions on private sector food marketing and a monopoly on food imports... are turning a drought that might have been managed into a humanitarian nightmare,"

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