Things just keep getting worse for the people of Zimbabwe. Political chaos, a crippled economy, hyperinflation, disease, and now the spectre of famine. Rising demand and a lack of foreign aid will soon force the United Nations World Food Programme to cut the emergency maize rations it provides to 70 per cent of the country (some 7 millon people) by half. Starting in February, Zimbabweans will receive just 5kg of maize a month, which works out to a meagre 600 calories a day. “The new ration falls below what is considered the survival ration. They will be sending their children to hunt for wild fruits or selling the possessions they haven’t already sold to buy food,” says a UN spokesman.