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Zimbabwe (MNN) ― Zimbabwe is just three countries away from becoming the world's poorest nation. Over 1.2 million Zimbabweans have HIV/AIDS, the fifth worst rate in the world at 14.3%. The unemployment rate is well over 80%.
With so many severe hardships facing Zimbabwe's people, the slightest bump in the food delivery process can have severe repercussions. A large pothole, on the other hand, can tip the nation upside down.
Last month, reports indicated that due to a lack of rainfall in Zimbabwe, a third of the nation's maize crop had been written off. Zimbabwe now faces a huge grain deficit--a problem the impoverished nation cannot afford to have.
Food shortages and even starvation may be imminent.
Baptist Global Response, the relief arm of the Southern Baptist Church, has pinpointed a total of 3,000 people in two villages who are at risk of starvation without intervention. At particular risk are widows who have no one to care for them, and child-headed households. Many children are forced to take care of their families alone when parents die from HIV/AIDS.
To intervene before serious effects set in, BGR is delivering food parcels to families in need. Teams are responding with Christ's love as they provide for these most crucial needs.
BGR asks that people pray for God to provide a source of corn from areas where harvests have been sufficient. Pray also that long-term strategic plans can be made to help communities that experience chronic food shortages.
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