Governments can only do so much – what is really needed now is cash to help people survive and rebuild their lives

The images of Cyclone Idai are apocalyptic. To see this unfold in Zimbabwe, the country that shaped me as a person, and an artist… It cuts deep. The cyclone swept through Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe more than a week ago leaving behind a trail of destruction, a rising death toll and vast numbers of people living with unprecedented flood levels and the threat of cholera, due to contaminated water.

Hearing stories of the cyclone unfold from afar via texts, calls and Facebook was hard. The message came very quickly from those I know saying that this was like nothing that had ever happened before. However, alongside the painful accounts of loss and destruction were heartening stories of people helping those in areas that have been decimated.

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