When Cyclone Idai hit Zimbabwe, Tadiwanashe’s home was swept away. Fortunately, the young mother escaped by carrying her twin babies through the floods to higher ground. It was a terrifying experience: 'We noticed that some houses around us were collapsing. That’s when I started to get really scared. I’ve never seen so much water before.'
Tadiwanashe lost everything she owned in the cyclone. But because Zimbabwe is crippled by debt repayments to richer nations, organisations and banks, there is little left to help people like her to defend themselves – or recover – from the impacts of this climate crisis.
We urgently need to cancel this unjust debt before it steals more lives.