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Flood displaced Zimbabweans allege forcible resettlement

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IRIN

MASVINGO, 10 September 2014 (IRIN) - More than 3,000 families in Zimbabwe’s southeastern Masvingo Province who accuse the government of forcibly resettling them to small plots of undeveloped land, are facing hardships including a lack of adequate food, shelter, health and education facilities.

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Displaced Zimbabwe Villagers Taking Police to Court

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Voice of America

VOA Staff

WASHINGTON DC— Reports say police are harassing displaced Chingwizi villagers, who were recently allocated plots at Nuanetsi Ranch, after they were stranded at a temporary shelter in Masvingo province due to lack of funds.

Attorney Kennedy Masiye of the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights says the situation may get out of hand if it is not stopped as the villagers feel that the police are overstepping their authority.

Some of the villagers claim that the police are terrorizing them at their new home.

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Zimbabwe + 5 others
Southern Africa: Weekly Report (19 to 25 August 2014)

Regional Overview

The South African Government has placed an immediate ban on the entry of non-South Africans from the Ebola-hit West African countries of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone.

The Southern Africa Regional Climate Outlook Forum (SARCOF), taking place from 27 to 29 August in Windhoek, Namibia, will develop the first regional seasonal forecast for the coming rainfall season.

Two cases of Ebola have been confirmed in northern DRC, which are said to be a different strain to the outbreak in West Africa.

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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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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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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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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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Alert - Violence in Chingwizi Camp

The Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum (the Forum) unreservedly condemns the violence that erupted in Chingwizi Camp from 31 July. The violence occurred following the government’s attempts to relocate clinic facilities from the camp that has a carrying capacity of about 3 000 families to the site earmarked for resettlement, which currently has only about 600 families.

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Relief As Food Distributions Start At Chingwizi Resettlement Camp In Zimbabwe

Fifty-one-year old Sarah Mupakati does not remember the last time she ate sadza, a cooked cornmeal. She opens her one-room tent which she shares with her five grown-up children - the corner that serves as her pantry is empty. It has been like that for the past month. The little she has been getting from barter trading is used up that same day. It is all too easy to understand her relief as she joins the queue to receive her first food rations from the World Food Program (WFP).

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Zimbabwe + 2 others
Southern Africa Weekly Report Map, 1-7 July 2014

Angola:

A Cabinet Commission Review found that during the 2013/2014 flood season, all provinces with the exception of Namibe recorded rains with considerable material and human damage, including the destruction of 6,317 houses, affecting more than 70,000 people.

Zimbabwe:

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Relief As Food Distributions Start At Chingwizi In Zimbabwe

Chingwizi/Mwenezi– The food situation at Chingwizi Resettlement Camp had become dire but, thanks to a generous contribution from the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), the UN World Food Programme is able to provide food for the next four months to some 15,625 people displaced in February by flooding in Masvingo province in the south-east.

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Zimbabwe’s Unfolding Humanitarian Disaster – We Visit the 18,000 People Forcibly Relocated to Ruling Party Farm

By Davison Mudzingwa and Francis Hweshe

MASVINGO, Zimbabwe, Jun 25 2014 (IPS) - As the villagers sit around the flickering fire on a pitch-black night lit only by the blurry moon, they speak, recounting how it all began.

They take turns, sometimes talking over each other to have their own experiences heard. When the old man speaks, everyone listens. “It was my first time riding a helicopter,” John Moyo* remembers.

“The soldiers came, clutching guns, forcing everyone to move. I tried to resist, for my home was not affected but they wouldn’t hear any of it.”

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Madagascar + 13 others
Southern Africa: Floods and Cyclones (Rainfall Season Oct 2013 - May 2014)

Situation Overview

During the 2013/2014 rainfall season (October 2013 - May 2014), severe weather events caused flooding in several Southern African countries, with almost all affected by some level of flooding. Nine tropical cyclones were recorded during the season, compared to the seasonal average of ten, of which three made landfall: Hellen, Amara and Deliwe. A total of 383,256 people were affected and 117 deaths reported. 195,000 USD was issued in the form of OCHA emergency cash grants to assist in response activities.

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Zimbabwe + 13 others
Southern Africa Humanitarian Bulletin: Issue 15, May 2014

HIGHLIGHTS

  • An estimated 383,261 people were affected by floods or storms and at least 117 people lost their lives during the 2013/2014 rainfall season.

  • Tropical Cyclone Hellen, which impacted Mozambique, Comoros and Madagascar in late March, was one of the most powerful cyclones ever recorded in the Mozambique Channel.

  • In Zimbabwe, the more than 15,625 people evacuated remain in dire living conditions.

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ZPP Monthly Monitor (April 2014)

Executive Summary

The political environment throughout the country has remained relatively peaceful with a significant reduction in incidents of politically motivated human violations recorded during the month. There were 181 incidents witnessed in April down from the 224 cases recorded in March 2014.

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Zimbabwe: Floods DREF Operation n° MDRZW009 Operations update

Summary:

Zimbabwe was affected by floods, landslides and hailstorms on the 09.02.2014 affecting approximately 20 000 people. The government of Zimbabwe declared the flooding in Tokwe Mukosi, Masvingo province a national disaster. The affected population was relocated to Chingwizi transit camp.

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NGOs spend $3m at Chingwizi

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The Zimbabwean

Contrary to government claims that Non Governmental Organisations were shunning Chingwizi flood victims, it emerged this week that the NGOs have so far spent close $3 million in both material and financial assistance amid reports that some of the donations might have been misappropriated.

The government through Masvingo provincial affairs minister Kudakwashe Bhasikiti had alleged that NGOs were not doing enough to help the flood victims displaced early this year following floods that hit Masvingo province.

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Flood victims start sewing, knitting club

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The Zimbabwean

by Tonderai Saharo

Amid the gloom of life among victims of the Tokwe Mukosi dam floods housed in tents at Chingwizi camp, some enterprising individuals have come up with novel ways of earning a living.

Jaison Chiveza, 39, has brought together a group of 65 women and men into sewing and knitting club, with the objective of making uniforms for the new Chingwizi school.