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Holocaust in Zimbabwe (Mugabe drives hundreds of thousands from homes)
WorldNetDaily ^ | 24th June, 2005 | Pastor Paul Ciniraj

Posted on 06/24/2005 4:31:12 AM PDT by Paul Ciniraj

When Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe systematically burned out white farmers and murdered them for their valuable land, the civilized world hardly noticed.

It was about wealth redistribution, said Mugabe. It was about land reform, he said. Those buzzwords were enough for the international community and the slaughter continued.

Now Mugabe has turned his deadly attention to the poor – driving hundreds of thousands from their homes in what he euphemistically calls an "urban renewal" program – or "Operation Drive Out Trash."

At news conferences in Africa and at the United Nations, more than 200 international human rights and civic groups said the campaign, was "a grave violation of international human rights law and a disturbing affront to human dignity."

But words don't mean much to Mugabe.

Since police launched the blitz in Harare May 19, it has been extended throughout the country, causing sporadic rioting as poor residents try to resist the destruction of their homes and livelihoods.

This week, the campaign in a nation facing severe food shortages moved on to the vegetable gardens planted by the poor in vacant lots around Harare. Authorities say the plots threaten the environment.

International rights groups said at least 300,000 people have lost their homes by conservative estimates. The United Nations puts the figure as high as 1.5 million, though Zimbabwe police only acknowledge about 120,000.

More than 42,000 people have also been arrested, fined or had their goods confiscated.

The Roman Catholic Archbishop of Bulawayo, Pius Ncube, who has been a sharp critic of the evictions, said he is so angered by the campaign he was "ready to stand before a gun and be shot."

The rights groups urged the African Union, which is meeting in Libya next month, and the United Nations to act against Zimbabwe – but did not specify how.

They also demanded that Zimbabwe compensate the displaced and allow them access to humanitarian workers, who they say are currently being blocked from providing relief.

Several people have been reported killed in the mayhem –including a 2-year-old trapped inside her home when the police came with their bulldozers and leveled the house.

All that is left is the foundations, a pile of rubble and a small dirt grave with a wooden cross and a girl's name scrawled on the back of a piece of scrap metal.

"The police came. They had been sent to destroy the house," said Herbert Nyika, Charmaine's father. "They knocked down the building, the walls; they smashed everything. This was when our child was trapped inside. She died there."

Her mother, Lavender, said: "I blame the government because it is they who instructed the police to do what they did. It is terrible. I have lost my daughter in such a strange way."

Every day in Harare, in Bulawayo, in the towns and cities of Zimbabwe, police in riot gear are systematically moving from suburb to suburb forcing people from their homes.

The scale of the clearance is so great there is too much work for the police to do, so they are now forcing the people to destroy their own homes, or charging them a fee for demolition.

The churches are full, their lavatories are overflowing, the people have nowhere else to go. The government moved more than 2,000 people to Caledonia Farm, a resettlement camp outside Harare, with no clean water, sanitation or access to food.

What turned Mugabe against the poor? Some say the reason is political retribution, to punish the urban electorate for voting for the opposition. Others say he is simply a madman – a Stalinesque, power-hungry tyrant who takes pleasure in the misery of others.

The devastation comes at a critical time – mid-winter in Zimbabwe. There was a food shortage in the country before the campaign was launched. And this campaign has even included the destruction of grocery stores and small gardens.

The widespread homelessness, coupled with food shortages and unsanitary conditions are sure to mean slow, agonizing death for hundreds of thousands if not millions. Mugabe's campaign is just over a month old and shows no signs of abating.

The Reverend Oskar Wermter, former secretary to the Zimbabwe Roman Catholic Bishop's conference and a parish priest in one of the poorest downtown areas, called the crackdown against these plots "insane and evil."

"They are sleeping in the open air – tiny children and people dying of AIDS – and people you thought still had some decency are defending this crime against humanity," said Wermter. "It is a watershed, it is the beginning of the end, but the end will be terrible."

The main opposition Movement for Democratic Change has accused the 81-year-old Mugabe of imitating Cambodia's former Pol Pot regime by driving pro-MDC urban voters back to rural areas for "re-education."

It alleges food access is being used as a weapon of political reprisal following the March 31 parliamentary elections won by Mugabe's Zanu-PF.

On Sunday, police spokesperson Whisper Bondayi said the demolition campaign was also being extended to wealthier suburbs. He said some residents had illegally converted their homes into offices and workshops.

As yet, however, no demolitions have been reported in such neighborhoods. Wealthy home owners have recourse to judges and lawyers – unlike the poor who rush to salvage what possessions they can before their homes are burned or bulldozed.

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Pastor Paul Ciniraj


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; Government; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: africa; zimbabwe

1 posted on 06/24/2005 4:31:13 AM PDT by Paul Ciniraj
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To: Paul Ciniraj

He could build furnaces and no one would care....anything he does is allowed. Earth to Kofi!!!


2 posted on 06/24/2005 4:38:15 AM PDT by SMARTY
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To: Paul Ciniraj
Now Mugabe has turned his deadly attention to the poor – driving hundreds of thousands from their homes in what he euphemistically calls an "urban renewal" program – or "Operation Drive Out Trash."

A policy approved 5-4 by the U.S. Supreme Court.

3 posted on 06/24/2005 4:38:48 AM PDT by kevkrom (“It’s good to remember whom people turn to when they’re desperate — and it ain’t Kofi Annan.”)
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To: SMARTY

They gave Pol Pot a pass, too.


4 posted on 06/24/2005 4:39:44 AM PDT by OpusatFR (Try permaculture and get back to the Founders intent. Mr. Jefferson lives!)
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To: Paul Ciniraj
This is what you get with a Marxist in power. No one's rights are safe, least of all the right to private property. Mugabe knows very well what he is doing in that in rendering his country homeless, he deprives them of their livelihoods and the means to resist his regime. Its a warning to free societies to remain vigilant about encroachments on liberty. As Americans, our hearts and sympathies are with those seeking their freedom and and to have a government that exists only with the consent of the governed.

(Denny Crane: "Sometimes you can only look for answers from God and failing that... and Fox News".)
5 posted on 06/24/2005 4:42:19 AM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: Paul Ciniraj
Where's the outrage in the US? Mugabe is a Marxist despot, so there is none. The left is too busy looking at the air conditioning, quality of meals and treatment of Korans (which we supplied) at Gitmo.
6 posted on 06/24/2005 4:42:45 AM PDT by Truth29
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To: Paul Ciniraj
the civilized world hardly noticed

No, only the media in the "civilized world" hardly noticed.

Those who are civilized definitely noticed. And were appalled.

7 posted on 06/24/2005 4:53:00 AM PDT by Regulator
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To: Truth29

To put it even more succinctly where are the Dems and specifically the Congressional Black Caucus. Still trying to nail Bush with some phony Downing Street Memo. But wait lets not blame ourselves too much, We are pretty committed in Iraq. Where are the Europeans? We all know that to wait for the UN to do anything is a waste of time. They may send some food aid that Mugabe can steal , but they arent going to try and change the leadership there ,Mugabe is black , Kofi is black. The world created this problem when they destroyed apartheid its up to the world to solve it,, Apartheid was attacked and driven out and replaced by starvation and corrupt leadership. Where is the cry against Mugabe that was heard round the world against Apartheid.


8 posted on 06/24/2005 5:05:39 AM PDT by sgtbono2002
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To: Paul Ciniraj
The Roman Catholic Archbishop of Bulawayo, Pius Ncube, who has been a sharp critic of the evictions, said he is so angered by the campaign he was "ready to stand before a gun and be shot."

I guess that means he is still not angry enough to "STAND BEHIND A GUN AND SHOOT"

9 posted on 06/24/2005 5:10:01 AM PDT by Alouette (The only thing learned from history is that nobody ever learns from history.)
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To: kevkrom

A policy approved 5-4 by the U.S. Supreme Court.
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Yup, whatever is declared a 'blighted area' must be destoryed or sold or auctioned off to the highest political contributer. Sounds like these areas were indeed blighted, so I don't see how liberals can complain. (actually, to be fair, over at DU they were quite Irate over teh decision - perhaps it will lead them to question their worldview.)


10 posted on 06/24/2005 5:17:08 AM PDT by traviskicks (http://www.neoperspectives.com/canadahealthcare.htm)
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To: JanCBurton

"Give me a break. Driving people out of their homes isn't quite up there with full-scale slaughter."

I would call it more of a pogrom than slaughter.


12 posted on 06/24/2005 5:44:34 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (Liberal Talking Point - Bush = Hitler ... Republican Talking Point - Let the Liberals Talk)
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To: JanCBurton
A "holocaust?"

Give me a break. Driving people out of their homes isn't quite up there with full-scale slaughter.

As a murderous third world dictator you don't exactly have the means to go to each house and kill the undesirables individually.

First you eject people from their homes. Then you suddenly declare that there are too many vagrants causing trouble and round them up. At that point you can kill them in mass using more efficient methods. These steps have been repeated over and over in the past century.

Don't give a blind eye to what we all know will come.

13 posted on 06/24/2005 5:48:10 AM PDT by avg_freeper (Gunga galunga. Gunga, gunga galunga)
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To: EQAndyBuzz
"I would call it more of a pogrom than slaughter."

Yes and those always end happily.

14 posted on 06/24/2005 5:49:22 AM PDT by avg_freeper (Gunga galunga. Gunga, gunga galunga)
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To: OpusatFR

Mass killing is OK, I guess as long as the right people are doing the dying...or the wrong people...depending on your perspective.


15 posted on 06/24/2005 5:53:19 AM PDT by SMARTY
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To: Paul Ciniraj
Hitlery and her minions are taking notes on plans to implement for when they finally do get to steal an election.
16 posted on 06/24/2005 5:55:29 AM PDT by fella ("Ya don work, Ya don eat. Savvy?")
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To: sgtbono2002

"To put it even more succinctly where are the Dems and specifically the Congressional Black Caucus."

All they want to talk about is slavery that ended 140 years ago (and reparations), murders of civil rights protesters 40 years ago, and aparteid in the old South Africa.

Whether something is egregious enough for the MSM to report depends upon the color of the perpetrator.


17 posted on 06/24/2005 5:55:52 AM PDT by reelfoot
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To: Paul Ciniraj

Sorry. We can't help. Our government decided yesterday this is legal.


18 posted on 06/24/2005 6:02:15 AM PDT by CindyDawg
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To: EQAndyBuzz
I would call it more of a pogrom than slaughter.

In the beginning of this pogrom, it was a slaughter. Now it is just a "gentler" version of the pogrom.

19 posted on 06/24/2005 6:03:44 AM PDT by Alia
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To: reelfoot

The funniest thing I have seen lately is this old Kluxer who is on oxygen being given 90 years for a 40 year old murder. Now the old bastid gets free medical treatment and hospitalisation for the rest of his life, His family wont have to pay for nursing home care or worry that he cant afford treatment.

When I get old enough to require a nursing home I think I will admit to killing a Civil rights worker in Mississippi.
This old guy just pulled a fast one and has them patting themselves on the back for it.


20 posted on 06/24/2005 6:12:46 AM PDT by sgtbono2002
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To: sgtbono2002

Beheaders in Gitmo will be better treatment


21 posted on 06/24/2005 6:28:47 AM PDT by MudSlide
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To: Paul Ciniraj
driving hundreds of thousands from their homes in what he euphemistically calls an "urban renewal" program – or "Operation Drive Out Trash."

Zimbabwe or New London, CT?

22 posted on 06/24/2005 6:31:46 AM PDT by coloradan (Hence, etc.)
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To: JanCBurton

Will you eat your words when millions die of starvation?


23 posted on 06/24/2005 6:32:26 AM PDT by coloradan (Hence, etc.)
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To: kevkrom

good one!


24 posted on 06/24/2005 6:32:39 AM PDT by elfman2 (This space is intentionally left blank)
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To: Paul Ciniraj
He said some residents had illegally converted their homes into offices and workshops.

More tax revenue ... but against zoning laws.

25 posted on 06/24/2005 6:33:56 AM PDT by coloradan (Hence, etc.)
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To: Paul Ciniraj

Just like the US Supremes!!!


26 posted on 06/24/2005 6:39:32 AM PDT by KenmcG414
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To: Truth29
"Where's the outrage in the US? Mugabe is a Marxist despot, so there is none. The left is too busy looking at the air conditioning, quality of meals and treatment of Korans (which we supplied) at Gitmo."

The left isn't in power now. Republicans are. What are we doing about this?
27 posted on 06/24/2005 7:40:34 AM PDT by monday
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To: JanCBurton
"Give me a break. Driving people out of their homes isn't quite up there with full-scale slaughter."

During the great famine of 1932-1933 in Ukraine more then six million people died of starvation as a result of being driven from their homes and having their food confiscated by Stalin. By your definition, that wasn't a holocaust either. Would you prefer to wait until millions die?
28 posted on 06/24/2005 7:47:57 AM PDT by monday
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To: Paul Ciniraj
Keeping up the terror. A Tin Pot Stalin.
29 posted on 06/24/2005 8:45:09 AM PDT by Mike Darancette (Mesocons for Rice '08)
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To: Paul Ciniraj
Others say he is simply a madman – a Stalinesque, power-hungry tyrant who takes pleasure in the misery of others.

No doubt. The man is just pure evil.

30 posted on 06/24/2005 9:57:56 AM PDT by agrace (All I have seen teaches me to trust the Creator for all I have not seen. - Emerson)
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To: JanCBurton

Many thousands have already died, and the conditions are ripe for the deaths of millions. I disagree with you - I think it is right to call it genocide already, though admittedly at an early stage of what will sadly become a much bigger tragedy.


33 posted on 06/24/2005 12:17:59 PM PDT by coloradan (Hence, etc.)
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To: backhoe; blam; Cincinatus' Wife; Clive; Tailgunner Joe

ping


34 posted on 06/24/2005 3:44:11 PM PDT by Wiz
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To: Wiz; blam; Cincinatus' Wife; sarcasm; happygrl; Byron_the_Aussie; robnoel; GeronL; ZOOKER; ...

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35 posted on 06/24/2005 8:50:31 PM PDT by Clive
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To: kevkrom

It's a shame these people here don't study there own history in western nations and laws which have passed. I give them points for sarcasm. Now it's time to use that high IQ and read their own history books and laws instead of obsessing other the Holy War, the Black VS. White Man. Here something else you people won't learn at the Uninformed White History Forum, Stormfront.

The Inclosure Acts

http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/catalogue/displaycataloguedetails.asp?CATID=345&CATLN=2&Highlight=&FullDetails=True&j=1

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inclosure_Act

Infact, try doing a search on it, it's the last place you'll find anything about it.


36 posted on 08/27/2006 7:44:09 AM PDT by Bbd
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