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Zimbabwe agree to keep working on new draft for humanitarian appeal
Nations News Service
August 29, 2005
The United Nations
country team and the government officials in Zimbabwe reached agreement
today to establish a working level joint committee to draw up a new draft
of a flash humanitarian appeal to raise money to help the 700,000 people
left destitute by a government slum clearance campaign, the United Nations
humanitarian agency said today.
The UN Office of the
Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said it expected to have news
on the outcome of this process towards the end of the week.
The arrangement follows
a news briefing in New York last week by UN Under-Secretary-General for
Humanitarian Affairs, Jan Egeland, who said that the two sides could not
agree on wording to describe how many people were affected by the evictions.
Operation Murambatsvina (Restore Order) urban eviction programme, described
by senior UN officials as an ongoing violation of human rights, has forced
an estimated 650,000 to 700,000 into conditions much worse in many cases
than before they were evicted, Mr. Egeland said.
He also said that
the world body has been using funding from an earlier appeal to provide
some aid to 170,000 people affected by the evictions. But a much broader
programme is sorely needed to address the larger scale emergency in the
country which has seen life expectancy plummet from around 63 years in
the late 1980s and early 1990s to 33.9 years in 2004.
The complex emergency
in Zimbabwe comprises a combination of widespread food insecurity, high
unemployment and a 25 per cent HIV/AIDS prevalence rate.
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