Families in Zimbabwe eat worms as they run out of food

indafrica April 26, 2020
Updated 2020/04/26 at 9:49 AM

Scores of Zimbabweans have turned to eating worms after hunger have invaded their lives.

Hundreds of people residing in an informal settlement in the capital City Harare have turned to harvesting and eating edible worms as the current lockdown has made it impossible for them to find other means of survival.

A local news website newszimbabwe.com has reported that the situation in Chireche the outskirts of Harare West has been worsened by the current lockdown which is expected to end next Sunday.

A member os the community Siphiwe Mabvira said they have run out of food and have nothing to eat. And this has affected her marriage as there is no harmony in their home since they have no food and don’t know what they can give their children.

She added that her husband usually steals a few maize cobs from other people’s fields and that has been their way of survival during this lockdown.

As the food crisis worsens residents of this community have resorted go eating worms known as Mamunya in Shona.

These worms have serious health implications and affects young children the most as they tend to develop some body rush and have serious stomach aches. They don’t have much of a choice than to eat them regardless the side effects.

“I don’t have a choice I have to feed my children with these insects, they have developed body rush I know it may get worse, but what else can I do,? I don’t have money to take them to hospital,” said another resident identified as Mai Masuku.

The community is said not to have any running water, they are forced to use near by bushes to relieve themselves.

Joanna Mamombe who is member of parliament for Harare west put the blame on Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube for failing to come up with a clear program of identifying and assisting vulnerable people who are in dire need of food aid during the lockdown period.

The government of Zimbabwe has announced that it will be assisting one million vulnerable families with $180 a month using a database lifted from mobile phone service providers’ users. This lives out those without phones unassisted.

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