Friday, August 19, 2005
Zimbabwe: Picking Up the Pieces
One squatter family's disspiriting odyssey, courtesy of Robert Mugabe's 'cleanup' plan, as reported by Irin news, via allAfrica.com. Fifty-five year old Mthulisi Ndiweni and his family of five lived in a squatter community on the outskirts of Bulawayo, Zimbabwe's second largest city. After being pushed from their home, they lived the open for two weeks, then relocated to a church, from which they were forcibly removed to a holding camp. Now they have been trucked out to the rural town of Tshitatshawa, where they were unceremoniously deposited at a shopping center. "The police," Ndiweni told a reporter, "threatened to kill us if we ever returned to the city."