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Hunger in Queensland and Zimbabwe

October 19th, 2008 · No Comments · Posts

This week the ABC reported on poverty in Logan, SE Queensland, leading to record queues for free food donated by The Tribe of Judah church on “Free Food Fridays”. According to the report, the church isdoing its bit to relieve the strain of the global financial crisis”. There’s no doubt that significant poverty exists in this country and that we should be grateful that a voluntary group is tackling it so directly.

The reporter’s linking of this event to the global financial crisis is shallow journalism, however, since people in the queue in Logan are undoubtedly there for reasons that existed one, two and three weeks ago, and the implication that their need has been created by the current global financial crisis is absurd.

For a real link between crisis conditions and hunger, listen to Tim Costello speaking on ABC Radio National this week, or read the UK telegraph’s Peta Thornycroft, reporting how Government policy limiting withdrawals from banks (in light of 231 million % inflation) is crippling aid agencies in Zimbabwe – especially Senator David Colthart eyewitness accounts of near starvation in the nation’s second city of Bulawayo.

Every day that Mugabe stalls on the Cabinet appointments is another day lost in heading off disaster.� The prospects for the power-sharing agreement appear dismal, but it might at least allow a total catastrophe to be averted or minimised.� As things stand, Mugabe’s tyrannical reign appears set to be capped off by direct responsibility for mass famine, now expected to threaten as many as 5 million people by the January. Now that’s how a political and economic crisis creates hunger.

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