A UN World Food Programme report said this week that 14.5 million people across southern Africa face starvation and famine. The famine doesn't just affect Zimbabwe, which the British media concentrated on as part of its support for rich white farmers against Mugabe's government. It also hits Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique.
All of these countries are pro-Western states. 'It's a crisis of incredible proportions,' says food programme director James Morris.
The food programme says it has not received more than a third of the $500 million it has asked for from Western governments to begin dealing with the growing crisis. Those same governments will instantly pour billions into war.