Sunday, November 06, 2005

Donor nations to Zim: admit there is a crisis


Harare - Fourteen Western embassies challenged the Zimbabwean government on Saturday to acknowledge it faced a humanitarian crisis following a campaign of evictions and the demolition of thousands of homes, shacks and markets across the country.

The Western nations said that they shared the deep concern expressed earlier this week by UN Secretary General Kofi Annan on the plight of tens of thousands of people made homeless in the May-June urban clean up campaign, known in the local Shona language as Operation Murambatsvina, or Drive Out the Trash.

"We share the UN's dismay at the rejection by the government of Zimbabwe of offers of UN assistance to the most vulnerable groups, in particular in relation to the provision of temporary shelter," the 14 embassies said.

The government has said it will not accept help to provide temporary shelters for the homeless, and denies that displaced families are in need of immediate humanitarian aid....

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