18 human rights and political activists, including the Director of the Zimbabwe Peace Project, were detained in Zimbabwe yesterday (Tuesday) just two months after they were released after being tortured in prison.
While the world focuses on elections in South Africa, the terrible plight of people in Zimbabwe continues, says Oskar Wempter. He describes the stranglehold on the country and the impact on its starving population.
Zimbabwe is in a "serious humanitarian crisis" with villagers surviving on wild berries and appealing for food aid that is not coming, the head of Christian Care in the southern African country has charged.
The only known functioning ecumenical church grouping in Zimbabwe says Mugabe's Zanu-PF party is showing "bad faith" in relation to a unity government formed with the Movement for Democratic Change party earlier in February 2009.