Friday, 21 September 2012

Livelihoods crisis looming in Swaziland

10 000 cattle have died in the last month in Swaziland. 10 000 in a month. In a country where a single cow represents the wealth of an entire household, that is a huge problem. Particularly when the cattle that are dying appear to be those of poor households. IRIN suggests,

Cattle are highly valued culturally and represent the only means of financial security for the two-thirds of the country’s 1.2 million people who reside on communal Swazi Nation Land (SNL). 
Not to sound alarmist but if this continues, we're talking about a widespread livelihoods crisis in a country where the government has proved definitely that they are unable to help.

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