Hope for Tanzania

Food and Power Shortages

Published 21 July 2011

The tragedy unfolding in East Africa is on a huge scale and is affecting a number of countries. Although Tanzania does not feature in the media broadcasts, as one of the countries affected, our friends report that in certain regions of the country the situation is as bad. Rains have not fallen for some years, food shortages are severe and the food which is available is up to twice as expensive as before. So life is very difficult. The problem in Tanzania is more of poor distribution of food than a shortage in the country as a whole. Indeed recently Felix Masenge travelled 1000 miles to buy food at a reasonable price for the children of the school. Can you imagine us doing that in the UK? The electricity supply in Arusha and other cities has been very poor this year and probably won't improve in the foreseeable future due to the absence of significant rainfall.

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