Sunday, July 03, 2005

UN criticises Zimbabwe slum blitz ... but still too politely

Here's Habitat leader Anna Tibaijuka after touring Caledonia Farm, one of the demolished squatter communities in Zimbabwe, according to Agence France Presse via the BBC:

"I think it was very clear that they all seem anxious to get their lives improved....When I asked them if they were happy, I got a resounding no. So definitely there are challenges that we have to sort out."

I suppose that in the strange curtailed lingo of the UN, "challenges that we have to sort out" means "a complete recipe for genocide...a tragedy of unprecedented enormity," as Methodists meeting in South Africa labeled the demolitions (see BBC report here.

The absence of outrage does seem suspect.

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