Friday, August 19, 2005
Living Well? What a joke.
The UN's IRIN News Service reports that Zimbabwe's Operation Live Well, the government's program to erect new housing for the squatters it drove out of Harare and other major cities, is suspect. In one area, government workers have only started 97 out of the promised 10,000 homes--and these were already allocated to civil servants, not to those displaced in the anti-squatter pogrom. In another neighborhood, the government not only destroyed all the homes, but a World Bank-sponsored water system. So if and when a new community emerges, it will no longer have running water.