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cops detain aid worker
July 13, 2005
- Police detained an aid worker on Tuesday for taking photographs
at a camp outside the capital of Harare, where an estimated 5 000
people fled after their homes were destroyed by a government demolition
campaign, the aid worker's lawyer said.
worker, who was working for Action Aid, was detained for seven hours
at a central Harare police station after being arrested for taking
photographs of another aid group distributing goods at the camp,
said lawyer Tafadzwa Mugabe.
aid worker was arrested around noon on Tuesday "for taking
photographs of a ceremony by a women's organisation giving out sanitary
ware to women," said the lawyer Mugabe. "It didn't go
down well with the authorities."
said his client was released more than seven hours after being detained
and was instructed to report to the police station on Wednesday
to face formal charges, Mugabe said.
at Caledonia Transit Centre are reported to be bleak. Many people
are reported to be sleeping out in the open, there is little running
water and toilets are scarce. The evictions came in the midst of
the southern African winter.
delegation of South African church leaders who were in Zimbabwe
on a two-day fact-finding mission said earlier on Tuesday that conditions
at the camp are "inhuman".
of the stress, trauma and lack of proper nutrition, mothers are
unable to breastfeed their babies," the report said.
rights groups estimate as many as 300 000 people have been
left homeless as a result of the police blitz, dubbed Operation
Restore Order. The government says the operation was necessary to
curb crime and ease pressure on overburdened municipalities. Opposition
critics say that the goverment of President Robert Mugabe is trying
to push out administration opponents from the large cities.
Aid in Johannesburg were unable to confirm this report. - Sapa-dpa
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