Saturday, May 10, 2008

More Nonprofits Suspend Aid for Orphans in Zimbawbe

On the heels of the trouble aid groups are having getting into Myanmar, the New York Times reported on May 10, 2008, that more than half of 55 nonprofits surveyed in Zimbawbe say they have suspended aid for orphans in that country due to violence and political strife.  Here is an excerpt from the article:

Zimbabwe’s ruling party, bent on retaining control after 28 years in power, has broadened its campaign of intimidation and violence to include teachers and even aid workers, disrupting education and basic care for tens of thousands of children across the country, according to humanitarian groups, union officials and the teachers themselves.

Teachers have been upbraided by the ruling party for allegedly siding with the opposition during the nation’s disputed March elections, in which they served as poll monitors. More than 2,700 of them have fled or been evicted from classrooms, the teachers’ union says. Dozens of schools have closed, the union says, and 121 are being used as bases for the ruling party’s youth militias as they harass and beat opponents in the countryside.

Beyond that, the United National Children's Fund says that more than half the 55 nonprofit groups it recently surveyed have partly or fully suspended aid for orphans in Zimbabwe.

For the entire article, see "Violence in Zimbabwe Disrupts Schools and Aid" in the May 10, 2008, issue of the New York Times.


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