The utter breakdown of services in Zimbabwe has led to a cholera epidemic. The graphic to this post is a grave digger.
A ferocious cholera epidemic, spread by water contaminated with human excrement, has stricken more than 16,000 people across Zimbabwe since August and killed more than 780. President Robert G. Mugabe said Thursday that the epidemic had ended, but health experts are warning that the number of cases could surpass 60,000, and that half the country’s population of 12 million is at risk.While we all spend money on who marries whom, or what church is in communion where, and fling vicious remarks back and forth, there is a silent and vicious and preventable killer stalking southern Africa and killing her children. Not glamorous like vestments; not dramatic like pirates. Just tens of thousands of people dying of a very preventable bacterial disease under the radar.