Starving Zimbabweans raid food lorries

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Fri, 2008-11-14 20:24 by Hans

Starving Zimbabweans have stormed lorries carrying food across the border with South Africa.

By Peta Thornycroft in Johannesburg
Last Updated: 7:16PM GMT 13 Nov 2008

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Ten 30-tonne vehicles carrying private imports of the staple maize meal at the Zimbabwean side of the Beit Bridge border post were besieged by hundreds of Zimbabweans desperate for something to eat. Witnesses said that the crowd ripped the stolen bags open to stuff the uncooked cereal into their mouths.

"I have never seen anything like this in my life," said a rancher from southern Zimbabwe. "I couldn't imagine in my wildest dreams I would ever see Zimbabweans so hungry.

"Piles of bags of maize meal were on both sides of the road and people from all over the district came streaming in and I saw some breaking open the bags and eating it raw.

"Then it started to rain so it will go rotten, but people will eat it anyway. The world must know people are starving here." …

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