Friday, October 28, 2005

South Africa deporting refugees from Zim


The BBC, in an absurd headline, proclaims "Musical aid for Zimbabwe"...
Ah, a concert to raise money? Nope...a government funded concert...propaganda telling people not to flee to South Africa...

Some of Zimbabwe's best-known musicians are contributing to an album that forms part of a multi-media campaign, and are to perform at a concert on Thursday.

IOM hopes to make would-be migrants aware of the dangers of leaving the country without support....

At present, 2,000 Zimbabweans are sent home each week from South Africa alone.

The campaign, known as "Safe Journey", aims to reduce the risks of potential migrants and to inform citizens on HIV prevention and the dangers of irregular migration.

Increasing numbers of people have attempted to leave Zimbabwe in the wake of the government's Operation Murambatsvina, in which 700,000 people were affected by the destruction of homes and small businesses, according to the United Nations.


"We want people to think before they go," the IOM spokeswoman in Harare, Nicola Simmonds, told the BBC News website.

"They have got to know before they go that they are taking a risk, and things could be worse on the other side."

Oliver Mtukudzi is among the musical stars supporting the campaign, which in addition to music will use television, film, radio, print, billboards, bumper stickers, and a website to get its message across.

The Zimbabwean government is also backing the initiative.

Excuse me, but this sounds like blackmail...Mbecki will allow Mugabe to stay in command, and Mugabe will prevent starving Zimbabweans from innundating S. Africa...


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