The horrible facts on Zimbawe
It is estimated that Mugabe has burned down the homes of more than 200,000 people.
Mr Mugabe has said the recent blitz on illegal houses, traders and vehicles is needed to “restore sanity” in urban areas overrun with criminals.
A few news stories shed light on the kind of “sanity” Mugabe wants:
Out in the cold: This time poor townsfolk are the butt of President Robert Mugabe’s repression
What lies behind the Zimbabwe demolitions? The homes of some 200,000 Zimbabwean city dwellers have been demolished in the past three weeks, according to the United Nations.
UK urges African action on Mugabe
Zimbabwe Crackdown Condemned as Children Crushed
Lastly, Dick Durbin should reconsider his analogies: The Killing Fields of Zimbabwe
But controlling this population becomes easier all the time, as millions have fled over the past few years, over 3,000 people die every week of AIDS, and most college graduates, many of whom are activists, leave the country. The result has been an astonishing decline in the population, which is down to around 10 million from over 13 million a few years back. Not that the government minds. In August 2002, Didymus Mutasa, today the head of the secret police, said: “We would be better off with only six million people, with our own people who support the liberation struggle.”
For those who remain in Zimbabwe, a Cambodian experiment awaits. Thousands of people made homeless in the government’s clean-up campaign are being herded into reeducation camps and told they can have a housing plot if they swear allegiance to the party of President Robert Mugabe. Those who refuse are loaded onto trucks and dumped in remote rural areas where food is scarce. Human rights workers say they are deliberately being left to die in an effort by the Mugabe regime to exterminate opponents.
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But Mugabe’s grip on the country is tightening. With arms shipments from China, including heavy assault rifles, military vehicles, riot equipment, and tear gas, Mugabe isn’t going anywhere. One opposition figure sounded a note of caution for those considering an uprising. “Remember these towns were built by white colonialists who were expecting insurrection and planned very effectively to counter it,” she told a local newspaper. Perhaps the saddest part of the arms sales to Mugabe is that South Africa, which suffered under the kind of apartheid that Mugabe is inflicting upon his opponents, is supplying important spare parts for helicopters that will be used to suppress any significant local uprising.
(Mark Steyn notices that Mugabe’s been desecrating the Koran by tearing down mosques, but Mugabe’s an equal opportunity desecrator — he tears down anything he wants to).
Where’s the UN? UN official met Mugabe, says he welcomes food aid.