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Research Group Says Violence Curbs Women's Political Zeal

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Voice of America

WASHINGTON— The Research and Advocacy Unit says women in Zimbabwe maybe marginalized in many aspects of public and political life, but are influential through their voting.

In a new research study report entitled 'Women and Elections in Zimbabwe: Insights from the Afrobarometer', the Research and Advocacy Unit explains that women see participation in politics as important but are hampered in most cases by political violence.

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GVT officially closes Chingwizi holding camp

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The Zimbabwean

The government has officially closed Chingiwizi transit camp where at least 12 000 people affected by flooding along the Tokwe Mukosi dam basin have been staying since February amid reports that police have since declared the camp site a no go area.

Villagers said that they were forced to accept the one hectare piece of land offered by the state while those who resisted were completely chased away.

The Zimbabwean has established that the camp is now deserted and only armed police officers have remained.

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Minister: Chingwizi Flood Victims' Relocation Mission Accomplished

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Voice of America

Blessing Zulu

Minister of State for Masvingo Provincial Affairs, Kudakwashe Bhasikiti, is claiming mission accomplished in relocating more than 20,000 flood victims from Chingwizi holding camp to Nuanetsi Ranch.

The minister is claiming that the relocated people are “very happy” and had been held hostage for months by hooligans whom he claims were blocking their move using threats.

But some of the relocated people have shot down Bhasikiti’s claims and allege they are starving and are sleeping in the open in Nuanetsi.

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Zimbabwe police beat opposition protesters: witnesses

08/18/2014 17:24 GMT

HARARE, August 18, 2014 (AFP) - Zimbabwe police beat and arrested opposition activists and a journalist during a rally Monday, witnesses said, as regional leaders met for a key summit.

Harare riot police used batons to break up a demonstration by youth from the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) demanding that veteran President Robert Mugabe deliver on his pre-election promise to create two million jobs.

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Typhoid kills nine, 370 fresh cases reported

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The Zimbabwean

The ministry of Health and Child Care says a new outbreak of typhoid, a waterborne disease, has killed nine people while 370 fresh cases were reported in Harare, Mutare and Chegutu.

The ministry’s weekly surveillance report blamed municipalities inability to provide safe drinking water to residents. Ministry of Health and Child Care, Portia Manangazira, said poor water supplies was the major cause of typhoid.

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FAJ Condemns Attack Against Photojournalist in Zimbabwe

Authorities in Zimbabwe must immediately stop the attacks by a religious leader against journalists and media houses, the Federation of African Journalists (FAJ) said today. The perpetrators of these attacks must be punished.

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Health ministry launches rotavirus vaccine

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The Zimbabwean

The health ministry says the rotavirus vaccine, which fights diarrhoea in children, is now available at most health centres for children under five.

“There has been a remarkable improvement of vaccination coverage from 28 percent DPT3 in 1982, 89 percent in 2006 and 95 percent in 2013,” said Christopher Tapfumaneyi, the principal director Curative Services at the launch of the vaccine.

“The rotavirus has been proven effective and efficient in all countries that introduced it.”

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NGO trains children to fight abuse

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The Zimbabwean

Defence for Children International Zimbabwe (DCIZ) has blamed ‘well-wishers’ for the rising cases of child abuse.

The chief executive, Elfas Mcloud Zadzagomo, said some 'co-called' well-wishers who visit desperate people in places such as Chingwizi Transit Camp and children on the streets, allegedly to help, end up abusing the intended beneficiaries.

“We have learnt with dismay that people supposedly assisting people at Chingwizi were among those accused in the rising number of cases of sexual abuse,” he said.

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Zimbabwe’s rural women transform their own lives

The Rukweza rural communities in Nyazura have seen great improvements in their lives following the launch of the Rural Women’s Assembly by the Women and Land in Zimbabwe with support from Norwegian People’s Aid.

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IPC Newsletter Vol. 4, Issue 4, July 2014

Editorial Note

10 Years of IPC

This year, the IPC celebrates its 10th anniversary. Originally developed by FAO in Somalia in 2004, the IPC has been extensively applied in different countries and contexts.

In 2007, the IPC became a Multi- Agency Partnership, now led by 11 Partners under the results-based IPC Global Strategic Programme (2014- 2016) launched in February 2014.

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SADC: Address Members’ Rights Issues

Serious Concerns in Several Member Countries

(Harare, August 14, 2014) – The Southern African Development Community (SADC) should address human rights violations among its member states as part of measures to improve the lives of its people, Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights, Amnesty International, and Human Rights Watch said today.

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Southern Africa Food Security Outlook Update July to December 2014

Good regional harvests maintain stable food security outcomes in many parts of the region

KEY MESSAGES

  • Most rural households across the region will maintain Minimal (IPC Phase 1) food insecurity outcomes between July and September. However in localized parts of Lesotho, DRC, Swaziland, Malawi, and Madagascar poor households are projected to face mainly Stressed (IPC Phase 2) and some Crisis (IPC Phase 3) outcomes from October through December due to high prices of food and low incomes in addition to low production.

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S.Africa says 250,000 Zimbabweans can stay, for now

08/12/2014 13:27 GMT

PRETORIA, August 12, 2014 (AFP) - South Africa on Tuesday said around 250,000 Zimbabweans living in the country on temporary visas due to expire this year can get three-year extensions, delaying a possible mass expulsion of workers.

Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba said a scheme that allowed Zimbabweans to flee the political crisis at home on four-year work visas would be extended until 2017.

"The new special permit is valid only for three years," Gigaba told reporters, making it clear this was only a reprieve for worried Zimbabweans.

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Zimbabwe's health system in crisis

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IRIN

HARARE, 11 August 2014 (IRIN) - Zimbabwe's deepening economic crisis is severely affecting the government's ability to fund public health delivery and restricting poor people's access to health care, economists, government officials and health experts agree.

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Shortage of epilepsy drugs in Zimbabwe

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IRIN

HARARE, 11 August 2014 (IRIN) - Drugs for non-communicable diseases like epilepsy are being hardest hit by funding shortfalls affecting Zimbabwe's public health sector. While the government is struggling to meet its budget commitments, donors are more focused on communicable diseases like HIV and TB.

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Gov't Confiscates, Dumps Tokwe-Mukosi Flood Victims' Tents

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Voice of America

Blessing Zulu

HARARE—

It never rains but pours for victims of the Tokwe-Mukosi flood victims. The over 20,000 people affected by the floods have been struggling to get food and water.

Now the government is confiscating tents that were donated by non-governmental organizations from the flood victims and dumping them in ‘no man’s land’ in the Nuanetsi Ranch.

This is in a move meant to force the villagers to leave the Chingwizi Holding Camp where they have been living since February.

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U.S. Conventional Weapons Destruction in Africa Sets Stage for Peace and Development

Fact Sheet

Bureau of Political-Military Affairs

August 11, 2014

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Protesters Beaten, Arrested - Thousands Flee After Crackdown on Camp for Displaced People

(Johannesburg, August 9, 2014) – Anti-riot police on August 3, 2014, beat and arrested hundreds of people at a camp housing approximately 20,000 displaced people in southern Zimbabwe, Human Rights Watch said today. A humanitarian crisis is developing as thousands fled in fear and may be living in the open without access to food or health facilities.

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Food Assistance Outlook Brief July 2014

PROJECTED FOOD ASSISTANCE NEEDS FOR JANUARY 2015