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She didn't want her neighbors to go hungry during lockdown. Now she is feeding thousands daily

June 18, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Samantha Murozoki is ensuring that people in her Zimbabwe community are getting fed during lockdown, in a country where there is a growing hunger crisis.

The 30-year-old mother is among hundreds of people queuing for free food outside a home in Chitungwiza township on the outskirts of Harare in Zimbabwe.

The kitchen is run by Samantha Murozoki who is ensuring that people in her community are getting fed in a country where hunger is rampant.

More than seven million people -- half of Zimbabwe's population -- were facing food shortages or hunger before the coronavirus outbreak in the country, according to the World Food Programme (WFP).

"WFP is currently scaling up its urban assistance program to deliver monthly cash transfers for food to more than half a million urban dwellers in Zimbabwe by the end of the year," WFP Communications Director Neville told CNN.

Minister of Labour and Social Welfare, Amon Murwira said the government had revived its social welfare program during the lockdown to cushion millions facing hunger.

We have a budget for the next eight months to cater for one million people," Murwira told CNN.

But people like Mufambi, who ekes out a daily living selling imported secondhand clothes, say they're finding it difficult to eat during the lockdown.

What began as a desire to feed a neighbor who had gone to bed hungry at the start of the lockdown has grown into a community feeding scheme, that attracts more than two thousand people daily, according to Murozoki.

I am glad that the government has recognized us and the kitchen is likely to feed more people," Murozoki said.

Obert Masaraure, leader of the Zimbabwe Rural Teachers Association of Zimbabwe told CNN that government workers were barely surviving under the extended lockdown.

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