Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Brits will continue to deport asylum seekers

Those fleeing Zimbabwe to the UK will have to have hearings to let them stay...
if they aren't in danger, they will be sent back.

And a new source, Science Daily, reports how HIV and starvation cause 4000 deaths a day in that country.

The Independent reported the figure Monday, as U.N. Special Envoy Anna Tibaijuka of Tanzania arrived in Zimbabwe late Sunday to assess the quality of life. However, the newspaper said her government-orchestrated tour will not take her to the famine-stricken countryside, where Spanish physician Pedro Porrino said most people he sees have AIDS, but die of starvation first.

"Ninety percent of the people I see are HIV-infected," said Porrino. "I am seeing men of 25 and 35 weighing 45 kilograms (100 pounds) and it's because they have AIDS but it's also because they don't eat at all."

And now for the good news...Mugabe finally agreed to let NGO's help those devastated by his "cleanup"...
BULAWAYO, 27 June (IRIN) - The Zimbabwean government has agreed to allow aid groups to offer humanitarian assistance to the hundreds of thousands of people being displaced in its controversial urban clean-up drive.

Authorities previously said the government had ample resources to cater to the needs of evicted families, but Local Government Minister Ignatius Chombo has now announced that the government had resolved to allow donors to provide assistance, mainly in the capital, Harare, and Zimbabwe's second city, Bulawayo. However, Chombo stressed that the NGOs would have to adhere to certain regulations. "Anyone with genuine intent and concern is allowed to assist, but there are rules to be followed....

we made the mess, but you have to ask pretty please with sugar on it to help us clean the mess up...and follow our rules ....the people were displaced from poor but adequate shelters, and now have nothing, and so the government is starting to build camps for them...three weeks later...

NGOs confirmed reaching an agreement with the government to provide food, blankets, medicines and sanitation facilities in the camps.......

UNICEF has established access to most 'clean-up' sites across the country and, in cooperation with various government ministries and a range of NGOs, has been distributing aid to affected women and children. "There is a lot of work we are doing throughout the country that includes disbursing blankets, putting up sanitary facilities, [providing] sleeping tents and [addressing the needs] of children," Elder said. UNICEF has appealed for more than $2.7 million to continue its existing activities, as well as to expand healthcare, deliver urgently needed non-food items, provide HIV prevention and care, and place social workers in key areas of the country as it steps up support to the thousands of children evicted from their homes.

"Many children are now without shelter during winter, others have been separated from their parents and caregivers, schooling has been widely disrupted, access to water is difficult, and respiratory infections and diarrhoeal diseases are a real threat," said Dr. Festo Kavishe, UNICEF's representative in Zimbabwe.

A government official, Ephraim Masawi, told state radio on Thursday that more holding camps would be set up across the country and a brigade of the Zimbabwe National Army (ZNA) had been formed to begin constructing houses for displaced families.

According to the police, families would only be accommodated in the holding camps for a month while they either searched for proper accommodation in the townships or returned to their rural homes.

Ah yes, "returned to their rural homes"...where there is no food due to drought...but where reporters won't be able to see them die of famine related diseases....

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