Authorities in Zimbabwe seized a truck containing 20 tons of American food aid intended for poor schoolchildren, the New York Times reports, and distributed the wheat and beans instead to supporters of Robert Mugabe at a political rally. After last week's suspension of all humanitarian aid, the seizure of the American supplies, intended to provide lunches at 26 schools, has provoked fresh outrage.
"This government will stop at nothing, even starving the most defenseless people in the country—young children—to realize their political ambitions," said the American ambassador to Harare. The Mugabe regime, claiming that NGOs are supporting the opposition in the runoff presidential election later this month, blocked emergency food distribution in a country where agricultural production has collapsed and millions depend on aid. (Read more Zimbabwe stories.)