Saturday, December 17, 2005


How's this for justice? If the people evicted under Zimbabwe's Operation Murambatsvina are to qualify for new homes that are slowly being built by the government, they have to:

1. pay a deposit of between $8 and $89 (I don't know why the range is that large)
2. prove that they have formal employment
3. show that they have a specified salary

This has meant that the most desperate people who were evicted under Murambatsvina can't get a new home. The Mail & Guardian Online reports that little by little shantytowns are reforming as desperately poor squatters realize they will be shut out of any government-sponsored improvement.

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