The BBC’s Mike Thomson, in a series of reports from Zimbabwe in early June, spoke to “a Zimbabwean mother and (13-year-old) daughter who are still too afraid to return home after being abducted and repeatedly raped by militiamen from President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu-PF party a year ago.” Their fear has not lessened despite the new alleged “power-sharing” coalition between Mugabe and the Movement for Democratic Change’s Morgan Tsvangirai.
If Eleanor Roosevelt were still here, she would be enraged and sickened by the utter failure of the United Nations, which she nurtured into being, to stop the continually mounting horrors inflicted on the people of Zimbabwe by its insatiably evil president, Robert Mugabe. While the United Nations just mutters away, in a Dec. 7 lead editorial, the Washington Times got to the rotting core of his rule:
Global attention, following Robert Mugabe’s blood-drenched extension of his presidency in Zimbabwe, was on the summit meeting of the leaders in the African Union. At the start, Asha-Rose Migiro, deputy secretary general of the United Nations, spoke plainly: “This is a moment of truth for regional leaders,” with Mugabe having created “the single greatest challenge to regional stability in southern Africa.”
If you’ve been following the sad news in Zimbabwe, you will hear the coincidence in the name of its capital city, Harare. In the language of the Shona people, it means “One who does not sleep.”
When I slipped into Zimbabwe a few years ago as a board member of the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists, I slept restlessly out of fear of being arrested.
Voting early on the morning of Election Day in Zimbabwe, the only candidate, Robert Mugabe, smiling broadly, said he was “happy and hungry for victory.” In his wake are the corpses of at least 80 members of the Movement for Democratic Change and thousands of tortured and beaten opposition Zimbabweans. Among them — seen on the front page of the June 26 New York Times — is an 11-month-old boy whose legs were shattered by the “Green Bombers,” Mugabe’s youth militia.
Zimbabwe’s longtime ruler Robert Mugabe was sworn in as president for a sixth term Sunday after a widely discredited runoff in which he was the only candidate. His main rival dismissed the inauguration as “an exercise in self-delusion.”
June 30, 2008
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