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Zimbabwe Facing Critical Food Shortages


Zimbabwe's Reserve Bank has repaid more than seven million dollars to an international aid organization that fights AIDS and other communicable diseases following the organization's complaints that the money was misused. The repayment comes as other international aid organizations appeal for more money to help avert another humanitaritan crisis in Zimbabwe.
VOA's Chris Simkins reports millions of hungry Zimbabweans are facing massive food shortages in the coming months

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