Zimbabwe: Voices from a basket case

 

Zimbabwe: Voices from a basket case

Amanda Attwood

"At Chicken Inn, two street kids were begging food from a fat woman. The woman scowled and drew her food closer, shouting at the security guard to "come and do your job!" The guard, who looked hungry himself, used his baton on one of the urchins, but they suddenly returned with four others. He stood there helplessly as they swarmed all over the woman’s table. She stood up, clutching chicken pieces to her bosom and shouting obscenities at the departing figures. Surprisingly, she continued to eat, ignoring the guard’s suggestion to move to a safer table indoors. But then a whole pack of street kids surrounded her, grabbing everything, including the piece she was holding to her mouth."

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