Friday, July 01, 2005

Death in Zimbabwe

Four squatters are reported dead, 10,000 evicted, in Zimbabwe's continuing demolition drive, The New York Times reports. This as UN-Habitat biggie Anna Tibaijuka is in Zimbabwe on a fact-finding mission.

The Associated Press quotes Mugabe as telling Tibaijuka that the demolitions had resulted in some "temporary discomfort," adding, "obviously there is some degree of suffering when you break down a slum. Yes, there is discomfort now, but discomfort in order to get comfort later." Mugabe has previously said his government will create new housing once the squatter communities are destroyed. Does anyone believe him?

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