Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Zimbabwe a humanitarian crisis?

The media reports today.

Zimbabwe is facing a humanitarian crisis with 366 cholera deaths.

What I do find rather strange is that Zimbabwe is only facing a humanitarian crisis?

How many more people must flee that country or
how many more people have to die before it is declared a humanitarian crisis?

Apparently things are not bad enough yet.

Maybe if Mad Bob is the last man standing it will then
be declared a humanitarian disaster.

Zimbabwe on the brink of new crisis as food runs out

As President Mugabe and opposition MDC leaders wrangle over cabinet appointments, millions face starvation in a catastrophe created by economic chaos and the dramatic collapse of com
mercial farms Only a crisis not yet a Humanitarian crisis. Zimbabwe's Manmade Crisis Zimbabwe is in crisis.

Half the population is facing the threat of famine, hundreds of thousands of people have been displaced, 80% of adults are unemployed, and the rule of law has been replaced by the arbitrary and brutal rule of a self-appointed elite. Source

Zimbabwe violence reaches crisis levels

Zimbabwean “war veterans” are forcibly recruiting local youths to attack
perceived supporters of the opposition as violence in the country reaches crisis levels, Amnesty International has warned. “Those who refuse to commit violence are assaulted and accused of being MDC (Movement for Democratic Change) supporters by the ‘war veterans’,” said Simeon Mawanza, Amnesty International’s Zimbabwe researcher. Eyewitnesses told Amnesty International that large numbers of ZANU-PF supporters and “war veterans” are assaulting perceived MDC supporters in Mberengwa district in Midlands province and Mazowe district in Mashonaland Central. Source

Living off rats to survive in Zimbabwe

Tonight, they dine on rats. "Look what we've been reduced to eating?" she said. "How can my children eat rats in a country that used to export food? This is a tragedy.

Zimbabwe, once dubbed southern Africa's bread basket, has in six short years become a basket case. It is about a country that once exported surplus food now apparently falling apart, with many residents scrounging for rodents to survive. Source


Less than 10 miles from Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe's mansion in Harare — the largest private residence on the African continent — Cleophus Masxigora digs for mice. On a good day, he told me, he can find 100 to 200 Source

Jimmy Carter says Zimbabwe crisis is 'much worse' than imagined

"The entire basic structure in education, healthcare, feeding people, social services and sanitation has broken down," Carter said at a news conference in Johannesburg, South Africa.

"These are all indications that the crisis in Zimbabwe is much greater, much worse than we had ever imagined." Source

South Africa Warns Situation in Zimbabwe Dire

South African President Kgalema Motlanthe warned that Zimbabwe could collapse, unless the root cause of the political crisis in that country is addressed. He said Zimbabwe's ruling ZANU-PF party and the opposition

Movement for Democratic Change need to move speedily to establish an inclusive government under the terms of an agreement brokered by regional leaders in September.

You know it's bad when you have to go to another country to buy bread.
In a country where many farmers have stopped farming, where
a chicken can cost a quarter of a teacher's monthly salary and bread half that – if you can even find it – hunger is a looming crisis that is sending increasing numbers of Zimbabweans out of the country for their mere survival.

The rising number of Zimbabweans in South Africa – estimated to be nearly 3 million – has created growing anxiety among the working-class South A
fricans who compete with them for jobs.

This anxiety has recently turned to anger, as a wave of antiforeigner attacks in Johannesburg townships such as Alexandra and Diepsloot, and even downtown Johannesburg itself have killed 22 in the past few days, and left 217 others injured and nearly 6,000 homeless. Source

Zimbabwe's hospital system 'beyond help'

The public hospitals of Zimbabwe, once a model for Africa, have become waiting rooms for death. A doctor at one of the country's five central hospitals - the biggest and supposedly best equipped health care centres in the country - laid bare the desperate state of the system.

"Patients are dying of things like dehydration - in a hospital," he said. Source

The fate of Zimbabwe's hospitals

A nurse's monthly pay won't even cover a soft drink. There is no hope of
treatment in hospitals which are themselves dying:

"Harare Central officially closed down on Friday last week, and at the Parirenyatwa Hospital, most wards have not b
een functioning... except for one or two," says Dr Kudzanai Chimedza. He is president of the Junior Doctors' Association - the 200-strong Junior Doctors' Association considered the backbone of the public health delivery system.

"It's a decision undertaken by senior doctors, citing poor working conditions," he says. Hospital authorities asked relatives to come and pick up their sick loved ones. They could no longer cope, weighed down by lack of resources.

Rarely does a referral hospital shut services, except in a time of war.Source

Scale of political violence in Zimbabwe at new high

Political killings in Zimbabwe have reached their highest point for two years Source

Zimbabwe votes in Mugabe's one-man election

Zimbabwe has voted in an election which was virtually certain to end in victory for President Robert Mugabe, but dismissed by the Opposition as meaningless after it boycotted the poll. Source

'This is like inviting Pol Pot to a human rights conference'

Robert Mugabe made a surprise appearance yesterday at a world food summit in Rome, drawing fierce criticism from the British government, which accused him of causing Zimbabwe's food crisis.

In his first official trip abroad since coming second in presidential elections in March, Mugabe attended the summit organised by the UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation to address the global crisis caused by dramatic increas
es in the prices of staple foods over the past year.

"This is like Pol Pot going to a human rights conference," Mark Malloch Brown, the Foreign Office minister for Africa, Asia and the UN, told the Guardian.

"Zimbabwe is one of the few countries whose food crisis is not due to climate change or global prices, but due to the disastrous policies pursued by Mugabe." Australia's foreign minister, Stephen Smith, said Mugabe's attendance was obscene.

"This is a person who has presided over the starvation of his people." Source

Zimbabwe inflation hits 11,200,000 percent

Zimbabwe's inflation rate has soared in the past three months and is now at 11.2 million percent, the highest in the world, according to the country's Central Statistical Office.

Official figures dated Monday show inflation has surged
from the rate of 2.2 million percent recorded in May, despite the government's price controls

In February, the price of a loaf of bread in the country was less than 200,000 Zimbabwe dollars.

On Monday, that same loaf of bread cost 1.6 trillion Zimbabwe dollars Source

Zimbabwe's farmers threatened by fresh reign of terror

WHITE farmers in post-election Zimbabwe have been told to get off their land by tomorrow morning or risk facing a fresh wave of invasions by black war veterans run by the ruling party henchman Chenjerai Hunzvi.Source

Murder attacks on Zimbabwe farmers continue

Don Stewart, a commercial farmer was strangled and burnt to death last week during an attack on his farm homestead in Norton, outside Zimbabwe's capital Harare.

Sources said Mr Stewart (68), was set on fire early in the morning last week while sleeping in his bedroom at his "tightly-guarded homestead". He was one of the last 300 white commercial farmers left in Zimbabwe. Source

White farmer murdered as the police slept

AT least two hours before dawn yesterday when Terry Ford was shot dead
in his farm outside Harare the police refused to go to his aid, claiming the local police station's driver was asleep.Source

Zimbabwe's last white farmer forced to quit

Zimbabwe's once proud white farming community is facing extinction, as President Robert Mugabe steps up his campaign of violence and intimidation on all fronts.

Virtually all of the remaining 280 white farmers have been invaded by government supporters since Mr Mugabe lost the first round of the presidential election in March.

Yesterday Reinier van Rensburg left Upper Romsey farm for the final time, evicted by a senior official in the ruling Zanu-PF party. Source

Chinese-built MIG Jet Fighters Scream Victory Overhead…

While the murderous dictator Mugabe was sworn in as President yesterday, his sinister message to the terrorised people of Zimbabwe was reinforced by Chinese-built jet fighters screaming overhead.

On the ground, Mugabe’s death squads removed election posters and replaced them with new posters giving Mugabe’s latest message;

“This is the final battle for total control!Source

Churches fear Zimbabwe 'genocide'

Church leaders in Zimbabwe have called for international action to prevent post-election violence developing into genocidal proportions. Source

Desperate mothers throw away 20 babies a week as Zimbabwe starves

The first time Knowledge Mbanda found a dead baby in the drains of Harare, he was horrified.

“It is completely against our culture to abandon children,” he said. “I thought it must be of a woman who had been raped or a prostitute.”

But now he and fellow council workers find at least 20 corpses of newborn babies each week, thrown away or even flushed down the lavatories of Zimbabwe’s capital. Source

Leon slams Mbeki over Zim elections

In his State of the Nation address on Friday, President Thabo Mbeki repeated an all too familiar pattern of legitimising Zimbabwean elections before they have even taken place, said the Democratic Alliance's (DA) spokesperson for foreign affairs Tony Leon.

In a statement on Sunday, Leon said: "On no fewer than thre
e previous occasions, the president has gone out of his way to ensure that elections in Zimbabwe, which were an affront to even the most basic of democratic norms and standards, were declared free and fair.Source

SADC says Zimbabwe elections 'credible'

AN OBSERVER mission from the Southern African Development Comm
unity (SADC) trade bloc to Zimbabwe’s general elections on Sunday night declared that the March 29 polls were fair and reminded Zimbabweans of the severity of war if they fail to accept the results. In a contradictory statement in Harare,

Angolan foreign minister Jose Markos Barrica, who is heading the SADC
mission, acknowledged serious pre-election concerns but still pronounced the election free. Source

Elections not free or fair

Commonwealth observers condemned the elections as neither free nor fair.
The South African government, apparently after assessing the reports of its monitoring team, declared the elections both free and fair. Source

Facing a crisis???

7 Opinion(s):

Anonymous said...

I don't care, I have to say this: Kaffir Mugabe!

He of difficult days said...

Not one of these do gooders have stepped up and vindicated Ian Douglas Smith...

Let them starve... its called justice for Ian Douglas Smith

Anonymous said...

History has repeated itself throughout Africa. There are just too many similarities between South Africa and Zimbabwe to ignore.

To understand our future, we must study the past – and study it hard.

Anonymous said...

“It is completely against our culture to abandon children,”

No it isn't, it is your culture. The culture of the "noble" savage.


@ He of difficult days

You are spot on. So Phuck Carter and his liberal gang !
None of this political slime has even 1 percent of the integrity Ian Smith had.
Zimbabwe ( and South Africa) will degenerate to the level of their competence.

Anonymous said...

Whiteleader and He of dificult days.
You are both correct. We should not forget the role Carter personally played in removing Ian Smith. We should also remember that almost 50% of the starving Zimbabweans voted for Bob. He simply plays the race card and they forgive him his sins. The same thing in South African politics. The masses have been let down by their leaders but when it comes time to vote it will be race and not substance that matters.

Anonymous said...

Let them die, who gives a shit. They said whites must leave now they want food from the whites.

How dumb is that?

Its NOT a humanitarian crisis, its an ideological crisis playing off in Africa, year after year.