Magazine article The Christian Century

Zimbabwean Churches Form Coalition to Aid Demolition Victims

Magazine article The Christian Century

Zimbabwean Churches Form Coalition to Aid Demolition Victims

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An alliance of church groups in Zimbabwe is forming a coalition to aid victims of the government's "drive out trash" campaign that the United Nations estimates has cost 700,000 Zimbabweans their homes or livelihoods or both.

"Churches have formed a broad-based ecumenical body in the aftermath of the clean-up operation," Charles Muchechetere of the Evangelical Fellowship of Zimbabwe told Ecumenical News International, the Geneva-based religious news agency.

"The three general secretaries of the country's main church organizations will meet regularly to address the imbalances created by the clean-up operation," he added.

In addition to EFZ, the coalition includes the Zimbabwe Council of Churches and the Zimbabwe Catholic Bishops Conference.

The government says the clean-up campaign was designed to clear slums and to eliminate the informal markets in the country's cities.

Once considered the breadbasket of Africa, Zimbabwe has been descending into economic chaos for several years. Many blame the turmoil on President Robert Mugabe's land reform policies, exacerbated by a severe drought and the HW/AIDS pandemic sweeping sub-Saharan Africa. …

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