Thursday, March 18, 2010

We apologise for these images but they speak more eloquently than any politician of the plight of Zimbabwe's starving people

Well Spotted: Lime

This kind of reminds me of William Golding's "Lord of the Flies" except it has not occured in isolation and was entirely avoidable.


From the Daily Mail













For us it is a saddening sight - a magnificent bull elephant struck down in his old age. But for the starving of Zimbabwe, it was little short of a miracle.

The carcass provided a vital source of food, and hundreds of desperate villagers in the Gonarezhou National Park descended on the dead animal within minutes of its discovery.

Using machetes, axes and knives made from tin cans they set upon the six-ton carcass, which was found deep in scrubland.

Fights broke out as villagers battled to strip chunks of flesh from the animal and drag them away to feed their families. It took just one hour and 47 minutes for the 13ft-tall elephant to be reduced to a skeleton. Every part was used for food, even the trunk and ears.

The bones of the 70-year-old animal were taken to boil for soup and within 24 hours nothing was left but a blood-stained patch of earth.

The images are undeniably shocking. But they illustrate the terrible lengths to which Zimbabweans are forced to go just to survive under Robert Mugabe. Yesterday, the Red Cross warned the situation in the former British colony is 'critical' with 2.17million - one in four of the population - requiring urgent food aid.

Emma Kundishora, of the Zimbabwe Red Cross Society, said: 'In some parts of the country, the food situation is as bad as many of our volunteers and staff have ever seen.

Conditions are expected to deteriorate further this year following the collapse of agriculture caused by President Mugabe's violent seizures of thousands of white-owned farms since 2000.

Erratic rain has also damaged crops of corn. Harvests could produce just 500,000-tons this year, less than a third of the amount required to feed the nation. Photographer David Chancellor said: 'Just after dawn a villager spotted the carcass as he passed on a bicycle.

'It was in the middle of nowhere, but within 15 minutes hundreds of people had arrived from all directions.

'The women formed a ring around the elephant and the men stood inside, fighting and stabbing each other to get to the meat.' He added: 'The meat was taken back to homes. Some was eaten immediately but most was dried on washing lines and stored to eat later.

'There were celebrations in the surrounding villages for the next two nights.'









9 Opinion(s):

Anonymous said...

This has nothing to do with Zim´s destroyed economy. If this elephant dropped dead in New York, before you could say Michael Bloomburg is your jewish mayor, you would have a hundred niggers fighting over the carcass. It´s just the nature of the beast. Something for nothing is never to be sneered at. They behave like animals because, well, because that´s what they really are, fucking yard apes.

Anonymous said...

It's all happened before. Watch Africa Addio, the zots in Kenya were doing the same thing back in the 50's. The images here are hardly distinguishable from those. We forget the past, so history repeats itself ... repeats itself ... repeats itself ... repeats itself ... repeats itself ... repeats itself ... like a stuck record. A zot is a zot is a zot is a zot ....

Anonymous said...

What a con. Clothes quality and fine physiques belie impoverishment and starvation. Red Cross BS.

Anonymous said...

I am really concerned about the Zim wild life and the ability of the stretched game guards to stave off mass poaching.

The world, however, does not seem to care at all.

Black on black violence and cruelty are, apparently, just fine.

How strange, stupid and hypocritical. And above all, how telling of the real motives of the liberal ruling 'elite'.

Anon.

Anonymous said...

From bread basket of Africa to this....

Donatello said...

Look, these people are obviously starving for some good protein. But I can't feel sorry for them as they would simply keep on voting for Mugarbage. In the mean time they just know how to equally split the spoils in an ordered fashion amongst themselves, don't they? I think there would be more order in a tribe of baboons to be honest.

Anonymous said...

Maybe when Magabe drops dead they'll eat him too.

They do a better job the the Amazon piranhas.

WHITEADDER said...

If this elephant died of old age it is pretty immaterial if the blacks or some lions or hyenas feast on his carcas.
Truth is that if this elephant would have died in Germany in
1945/46 you also would have seen people carving it up. Common denominater here is hunger.
Crazy however is the high likelyhood that the same starving munts will vote for Mugabe and his thieving circus again.

Anonymous said...

F Them I normally don't swear but f this let them starve...

Bunch of animals that's what they are.......

I don't give a crap about them...