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Monday, 16 June 2008

Troops and police snatch children's food

Zimbabwe militia loot aid on its way to starving children

One of the few food aid trucks still running in Zimbabwe, following Mugabe's ban on humanitarian work by independent aid agencies, has been hijacked by Zimbabwe police and soldiers. As a result, hundreds of children have gone hungry.

The truck, sponsored by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), was carrying 20 tonnes of food, destined for schoolchildren in the eastern Manicaland province.

USAID administrator Henrietta Ford has described how Manicaland provincial government Tinaye Chigudu directed the military and police to stop the truck, and send the load instead to a rally of the ruling Zanu-PF party, in Mutare District.

Ford commented: "It is unacceptable for the government of Zimbabwe to steal food from hungry children." In a statement she said: "This event is another affront to the people of Zimbabwe... It also represents an orchestrated theft of US government property. Those responsible should be brought to justice."

Meanwhile a headmaster in the rural town of Mutare, in Manicaland, has reported that many children are dropping out of school, as hunger and deprivation take their toll. He said that of those children who do still attend, more and more are collapsing and fainting from hunger during lessons.

The country goes to the polls again on June 27, in the re-run of the Presidential election, between Zanu-PF's Robert Mugabe and the MDC's Morgan Tsvangirai.

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Why am I not surprised? His troops were accused of pulling the IVs out of babies in incubators when he was battling to rule what was then Rhodesia. Now tell me what purpose that served.

Ah, now here's the courage I remember from Mugabe's men ..... attacking defenceless targets. All that remains now is for a gloating and grinning Uncle Bob to show his face harping on about how the children he stole from weren't children at all, but highly trained imperialit and collonial stormtroopers intent on bringing Zimbabwe back under their boots.

Children now, what next, little old ladies?

Mugabe is now known as 'BeezleBob'.
If the stolen goods are American property then why can't the Americans invade to recover their property?
Rob Mugabe before he robs you!

Sad what is happening in Zimbabwe....I feel for my people.

Sad what is happening in Zimbabwe....I feel for my people.

It is just unfortunate that it's taking actions that are seen as being against international agencies to get people to see the problem clearly that has been going on for far longer than the 28 years that Mugabe has been in power.

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