Antnio Guterres, the UN secretary-general, is right to sound the alarm, warning of a coming debt crisis for countries in the global south (Developing world faces looming debt crisis, Report, March 29).
My country, Zambia, was one of the first to default on foreign debt payments last year.
However, this debt crisis did not just arrive with Covid-19. Before the pandemic, we already saw a reduction in money available for nurses, health clinics and hospitals due to the countrys unpayable debts.
Civil society groups in Zambia are united in our call for an extension of current debt relief packages on offer and for the IMF to agree on a significant allocation of special drawing rights to help us weather the worst of the storm and to build bac…
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