Lockdown Hunger Strikes – Harare West Residents Turn To Eating Worms For Relish
Scores of people living in an informal settlement in Harare West, are now harvesting and feasting on edible worms as the country enters its fifth week of lockdown, making it more difficult for some self-employed people to survive.
The people living at Chireche settlement, in Ward 41, a farm compound, already exist in impoverished conditions and the lockdown has only worsened their situation.
Speaking to New Zimbabwe, one of the residents confirmed that things are not well and they have run out of food.
“We have run out of food. We have nothing to eat,” Siphiwe Mabvira,
She said her marriage is already suffering as a result of the added stress on herself and her husband.
“He left home infuriated. Perhaps when he comes back he will bring a few fresh maize cobs that he usually steals from other people’s fields.”
Other hunger-stricken residents at the farm compound have turned to eat worms, known as Mamunya in the Shona language.
The worms seem to be creating health problems, especially among the younger children, who have started complaining of stomach pains and have developed a body rash.
“It is because of hunger that we are eating ‘Mamunya’ as we have nothing to eat. My child developed a rash all over the body after eating these insects. It may get worse, but I can’t go to a hospital because I don’t have money,” one resident who identified herself as Mai Masuku said.
Most of the residents at the compound are unemployed and they have to rely on menial jobs for survival.
They do not have running water in their homes and lack sanitary facilities, such that they have to relieve themselves in nearby bushes, which is another health risk.
One of the residents who identified himself as David, said they use can’t use their toilets because they don’t have water, so they relive themselves at a nearby railway.
Contacted for comment, Harare West MP Joanna Mamombe blasted Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube accusing him of failing to come up with a clear program to assist the vulnerable during the lockdown
“It’s unfortunate that at this critical time when we are having a crisis not only as Zimbabwe but the entire world that a Minister of Finance can talk of some complicated logarithms.
If you are going to use mobile phone numbers to identify the vulnerable, what about those without mobile phones? It is really unfair,” Mamombe said.
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