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7/23/2007

'Human Tsunami' Hits Country As Thousands of Zimbabweans Flee

ZIMBABWE - most of the major supermarkets in Zimbabwe are empty, causing serious food shortages. While long queues of people searching for food and fuel have resurfaced, others prefer to cross the crocodile-infested Limpopo River into South Africa in search of food - and hope. Experts say between two and three thousand desperate people are crossing the border every night, as a result of the price cuts crisis that began a couple of weeks ago. "Whereas people used to cross just by the Beit Bridge area, people are now going across the entire length of the South Africa border with Zimbabwe - which is almost 200km - and they are using the whole river to come into South Africa." The flow of economic and political refugees crossing South Africa's northern border has become "a tsunami." Questions are now being raised as to whether or not South Africa has the capacity to deal with the ever-increasing flood of refugees.
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