Children crushed in Zimbabwe raid

I think not
Some children have left school after their homes were demolished
Zimbabwean police and city-dwellers have been urged to be careful when demolishing illegal structures after two children were crushed to death.
These are the first reported deaths in a four-week crackdown, called Operation Murambatsvina [Drive out rubbish].

One of those killed was the 18-month-old son of a police officer, reports the state-run Herald newspaper.

The UN says at least 200,000 have been left homeless in the operation, which has been widely condemned.

President Robert Mugabe says the crackdown is designed to "restore sanity" in urban areas, which he says have become overrun with criminals.


The Herald also reports that seven buildings in the centre of the capital, Harare, have been closed due to overcrowding and "health risks".

"We would like to urge those demolishing illegal structures to ensure the safety of everyone," said police spokesman Wayne Bvudzijena.

This was everything I had - more importantly, this was everything these children had. What will we do?

Terence Munyaka, 18 months, died on Sunday from head injuries after the walls of his house fell down in the commuter town of Chitungwiza, south of Harare.

Charmaine Nyika, two, died on 8 June in a similar incident in Harare, The Herald says.

The police have moved across Zimbabwe's urban areas, armed with bulldozers and sledge-hammers, destroying shacks and informal markets.

Often, residents have been made to demolish the structures themselves.


Amnesty International and the Geneva-based Centre on Housing Rights and Evictions have released a statement, they say, on behalf of 200 African and international aid groups, calling on the UN and the African Union to intervene.

They urge the AU to discuss the demolitions at next month's summit in Libya.

On Wednesday, UK Foreign Secretary Jack Straw accused Africa of lacking any "real commitment" to tackling the "horror" taking place in Zimbabwe.

No African governments have condemned the operation.

Some residents have been made to demolish their own homes
The United Nations is due to send a special envoy to Zimbabwe to investigate the demolitions.

United States State Department deputy spokesperson Adam Ereli described the crackdown as a "tragedy, crime, horror - that the government of Zimbabwe is perpetrating on its people".

The opposition says Operation Murambatsvina is intended to punish urban voters who rejected President Mugabe in March polls.

Many people are living on the streets, while others have returned to their rural homes, encouraged by the government.

Officials also want to stamp out the black market, which they blame for Zimbabwe's economic meltdown.

A Catholic priest told AP news agency that people would never forget the It "insane and evil" destruction of crops being grown on wasteground, which many rely on to supplement meagre incomes.

The blitz comes as the country urgently needs to import 1.2 million metric tons of food to avoid famine

"It is a watershed, it is the beginning of the end, but the end will be terrible," he said.
Sound like he's priming himself for a bombing...
Vanni Fucci
Yeah...maybe what we need is a coalition of the willing to depose Robert Mugabe...
I wonder if thatís what is happening....remember how often Afghanistan started to appear in the news about a year before 911.....
Vanni Fucci
Quote: Originally Posted by Jay

I wonder if thatís what is happening....remember how often Afghanistan started to appear in the news about a year before 911.....

Actually I don't...I never payed much attention to anything pre-911...

I have noticed an escalation in violence in Afghanistan over the past couple weeks though...
Jo Canadian

'Callous' raids anger Mugabe ally (external - login to view)

A former director of Zimbabwe's secret police has told the BBC that he left the ruling party over the "callous" destruction of people's homes.

Former Zanu-PF MP Pearson Mbalekwa contradicted President Robert Mugabe's assertions that the operation had been planned long in advance.

"If there was a plan, we wouldn't have people sleeping under trees or next to rivers," he said....

Africa is littered with roads that lead to nowhere and development projects half completed but abandoned because of the corruption. The size and scale of the problem is huge and the best coordinated efforts to date have been thwarted by the problems on the dark continent. So we have the situation today of the great burning and the land lorded over by the Lord's Resistance Army (external - login to view). It's going to take more than Sally Struthers to stop 12 year olds with guns and Robert with his bulldozers.
Quote: Originally Posted by Vanni Fucci

Yeah...maybe what we need is a coalition of the willing to depose Robert Mugabe...

Ooh, Ooh, pick me, pick me! I would be more than happy to help dispose of such rubbish . I still have an Uncle living there and would like nothing more than to see that horrible man fall... Hey Jo Canadian, He's even worse than Danny Murphy!

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