September 1st, 2010
10:46 AM ET

3 die in Mozambique food riots

Three people died and dozens were injured in riots over increases in the price of bread, water, energy and other critical goods in Mozambique, the southern African nation's official news agency reported Wednesday.

The violence took place in the cities of Maputo and Matola, with the deaths occurring on the outskirts of Maputo, the Mozambique News Agency reported.

Bank and electricity company offices were vandalized, and food warehouses belonging to the Sasseka and Delta Trading distribution companies were looted, the report said.

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  1. capnmike

    overpopulation strikes again!

    September 1, 2010 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
  2. Cody Jordan

    It has little to do with overpopulation and more to do with poor food distribution and poor economic equality. For example, in the US alone we feed enough plant protein to livestock every year to feed 800,000 million people. We waste 7 grams of plant protein to make 1 gram of animal protein. This is just one little factoid, mind you. There's plenty of food on earth for everyone, but that doesn't mean they get it.

    September 1, 2010 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
  3. philip

    The world produces plenty of food so why are these people fightig over it? because what little food they have is just leftovers from the obese nations and peoples.

    September 1, 2010 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
  4. philip

    True. the earth produces plenty of food. its just that obese people eat more than the their fair share . so innocent chilldren starve.

    September 1, 2010 at 9:00 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Tony

    I've been there. The reason they are hurting in Moz is BAD governement. Accross the border in RSA, where there is actually infrastructure, a friendly business climate, and rule of law, food is plentiful and affordable (dirt cheap by USA standards). No sacrifice in any wealthier country will correct the problems of government corruption and denial of commercial opportunity in a third world despotic dictatorship.

    September 2, 2010 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
  6. Ben

    Tony, ah, Mozambique is a democracy... albeit a fledgling one. The current president, Guebuza, was elected in 2004/05 in reasonably free and fair elections. They hurt in MOZ because of structural impediments by us in the wealthy world that effectively denies development to the poorest of the poor. Cody and Philip are right – it is inequity not lack of food production; although I don't think you can blame obese people per se more the corporations who make and market the obesity-causing crap to us because we can afford to generate them big profits. Of course poor countries don't make big profits for greedy corporations.

    September 3, 2010 at 4:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Tony

      You simply don't know what you are talking about. I was there less than a year ago, and I saw things and met with people who know what's going on. Big profits ARE being made exploiting these desperate people, but not by western corporations and whatever the heck "structural impediments by us in the wealthy world" is. You can try to apply your worldview everywhere there's hardship and suffering, but that doesn't make it so.

      September 5, 2010 at 10:58 pm | Report abuse |