MAPUTO, 10 March 2021 – At least 35 people have been killed, 25 of them from the same family, after eating wild plants and fruits.

The deaths are reported in the country’s northern district of Muecate.

Thirty-Five Killed Eating Wild Foods - Photo The Maravi Post

Thirty-Five Killed Eating Wild Foods – Photo The Maravi Post

Mozambique Source AFP

Mozambique Source AFP

Information remains scanty about how exactly the deaths occurred and health officials are yet to pinpoint which wild plants, fruits or tubers are responsible for the tragedy.

Speculation is rife and some of it was relayed Wednesday in reports aired by the state-owned television, TVM.

According to the report, residents of Muecate have been grinding wild grass to cook xima – a traditional Mozambican porridge, usually made from maize flour.

Farmers in Corn Fields in Mozambique - Photo Bryt FM

Farmers in Corn Fields in Mozambique – Photo Bryt FM

Family of 25 Perishes after Eating Wild Fruits - Photo K24

Family of 25 Perishes after Eating Wild Fruits – Photo K24

Survivors and anecdotal information from family members of the deceased suggest that all the victims died after eating meals made of the wild grass.

A prolonged drought has hit five of the 23 districts of Mozambique’s Nampula province, leaving most families food insecure, even in famine.

The regular rainy season has not returned to 18 of the 23 districts, according to meteorologists.

Subscribe To Our Newsletter

Subscribe To Our Newsletter

Join our mailing list to receive the latest news and updates from our team. This month, a reverting one on one interview with the Chairman on African Affairs at IMF

You have Successfully Subscribed!