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Zimbabwe -- Mugabe's clean-up drive triggers refugee exodus
Zim Online ^ | 2005-07-06

Posted on 07/06/2005 4:24:33 AM PDT by Clive

HARARE – Zimbabweans fleeing President Robert Mugabe’s urban clean-up campaign have begun flocking into neighbouring countries to seek refuge there often as illegal immigrants, the Zimbabwe Exiles Forum (ZEF) has said.

The Pretoria-based forum said the number of Zimbabweans that have approached its offices for help to apply for asylum in South Africa and Botswana - the favourite regional destinations for displaced Zimbabweans - has more than trebbled to 800 per week in the last two weeks.

But ZEF co-ordinator Gabriel Shumba said several more Zimbabweans were simply slipping into neighbouring countries to quietly settle there as illegal immigrants because many believed it was futile to apply for asylum because they perceive regional governments as too reluctant to accord refugee status to Zimbabweans.

The international community has roundly condemned Zimbabwe’s urban renewal exercise and the United Nations and the African Union have sent envoys to Harare to probe the mass eviction of poor families from urban areas. - ZimOnline

TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Government
KEYWORDS: zimbabwe
And this article, also from Zim Online:

Mugabe denies throwing people onto the streets

Wed 6 July 2005

SIRTE, Libya - Zimbabwe's demolitions of informal settlements have not made anyone homeless, according to President Robert Mugabe.

Despite obvious evidence of the massive suffering that his campaign had caused among the poor, Mugabe denied that it had made hundreds of thousands of Zimbabweans homeless.

"Where are they?" asked Mugabe in response to a question about the hundreds of thousands made homeless. "We don't know about those. It's just nonsense."

He added: "There is no demolition campaign. It's a clean-up operation and that's what all countries do."

The United Nations, whose special envoy is currently investigating the demolitions, has estimated that about 200 000 people have been left homeless.

But the estimate was only made in the second week of the operation which is now in its second month.

Zimbabwean human rights groups have estimated that nearly a million people could have been left homeless in the crackdown which has been widely condemned by international leaders except Mugabe's fellow Africans.

Zimbabwe is not on the agenda of the current half yearly summit of African leaders despite its ever deepening crisis.

United States President George Bush has branded Mugabe a "terrible example" while British Prime Minister Tony Blair has urged the United Nations Security Council to debate the clampdown and other human rights abuses in Zimbabwe.

European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso has already chastisised Africa for not condemning the crackdown. - ZimOnline

1 posted on 07/06/2005 4:24:34 AM PDT by Clive
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2 posted on 07/06/2005 4:25:08 AM PDT by Clive
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To: Clive
Things are really going to change now in Zim since Live 8 and Bob Geldoff. I am sure they recognized that removing Mugabe and his ilk elsewhere in Africa is the best, most immediately effective thing they could do to improve the lives of people on the continent. Right? They made that clear, didn't they?

(Stop laughing!)

3 posted on 07/06/2005 4:30:04 AM PDT by gg188
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To: Clive

Over recent years, millions have already fled.

4 posted on 07/06/2005 4:33:05 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: gg188

These liberal goofs live in a fantasy land of their own moral righteousness and nothing else.

5 posted on 07/06/2005 4:34:07 AM PDT by junta (My litmus test for SCOTUS; Do you support racial quotas, yes or no?)
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To: Clive

It isn't his color alone that's black!!!!!

6 posted on 07/06/2005 4:39:40 AM PDT by phoenix_004
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To: gg188

Geldof did actually say something similar:

7 posted on 07/06/2005 4:44:55 AM PDT by gd124
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To: Clive

I'd like to see a charity event or telethon in support of the white farmers being thrown from their land and brutalized by this thug. Of course that shall not happen because whites are not disadvantaged, right?

8 posted on 07/06/2005 4:59:21 AM PDT by AbeKrieger (Islam is the virus that causes al-Qaeda.)
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To: Clive

I don't know if you've heard this song, but it's quite amusing:

9 posted on 07/06/2005 5:35:17 AM PDT by gd124
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To: gd124
Geldof did actually say something similar

I read that too, and it was pure lip service.

I watched four to five hours of the 9 hours broadcast last weekend, and Mugabe, despots, corruption, socialism, DDT bans, bizarre and backwards customs, lack of personal and community sanitation and hygeine, etc.----in other words, the root causes of African poverty---were not mentioned once. The blame instead was on stingy Americans (who have given 600 billion dollars in aid to Africa in the last 40 years) and the West.

10 posted on 07/06/2005 5:51:14 AM PDT by gg188
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