News :: Bishops in southern Africa warn of "potential GENOCIDE" in Zimbabwe.
Article extract >>
Methodist bishops from southern Africa have warned that a potential genocide could take place in Zimbabwe.
The bishops, meeting in Johannesburg, also called on South African president Thabo Mbeki to do more to help the rights of refugees leaving Zimbabwe.
The comments come six weeks after the start of mass demolitions of illegally built houses and stalls.
According to the United Nations, the destruction of shanty towns has left at least 200,000 people homeless.
The statement from the bishops was unequivocal: "We have on our hands a complete recipe for genocide; we're witnessing a tragedy of unprecedented enormity."
It's one of the strongest statements yet from church leaders in the region on the human rights situation in Zimbabwe.
It mirrors similar sentiments expressed last month by Archbishop Pius Ncube of Bulawayo, a leading critic of President Robert Mugabe.
At a meeting in Johannesburg, the Methodist bishops also called on Thabo Mbeki to do more to make it easier for people to come from Zimbabwe to claim refugee status and protect their rights.
They also criticised the South African government for its quiet diplomacy approach to Zimbabwe which has fallen short of openly criticising President Mugabe.
The statement came as a UN special envoy, Anna Tibaijuka, continues her visit to Zimbabwe to assess the impact of the government campaign against illegal structures and informal traders.
Opposition groups there say the campaign was aimed at persecuting their supporters.
A number of political leaders, including British Prime Minister Tony Blair, have spoken out against the campaign.
But African leaders have remained silent. They consider the demolitions an internal matter for Zimbabwe.
End extract <<
For background info/images/related articles :: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/4646589.stm
And then there were two, well quite possibly so. For some with what is already going on in Darfur and what has been also been taking place in Zimbabwe and getting worse, would count count as two ongoing cases of genocide in Africa as we speak.
The church in Zimbabwe itself and wider Africa stands up and calls for action, but will their and our political leaders show similar courage and do the right thing?
Last edited by Critic; 07-03-2005 at 03:51 PM.
The 9 words of life quote -
"Act with honour, seek justice, die true, remembered well."
GO LDN 2012 ~ AIM = Critic News Info