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    Combined Harare Residents Association (CHRA)
    October 28, 2005

    AT least 19 victims of the regime’s vindictive operation Murambatvina in Sunningdale high-density suburb are sleeping in the open together with their breastfeeding wives at a house belonging to a Good Samaritan.

    According to Mrs Masaraure, CHRA’s Ward Coordinator for Sunningdale, the Operation Murambatsvina victims are living outside the house of a widow only identified as Mrs Mashura at House Number 16474, Sunningdale 2.

    Masaraure can be contacted on +263-23-754 792 or her home number +263-4-589216.

    When some rains fell a few days ago, these victims slept in various toilets of neighbours after their plastic shelters were overwhelmed with pouring rains. They have nowhere to go. The single ladies among the victims have resorted to prostitution and other illicit activities to earn a living.

    Some of them used to operate flea markets before the regime demolished peoples’ homes and forcibly shut down the informal market. It is common cause that the informal market employed the majority of Zimbabwe’s workers.

    Masaraure told CHRA Information Department that their attempts to assist other victims of Operation Murambatsvina who were on the HIV/Aids ARV programme were blocked by Hubert Nyanhongo, the Harare South Member of Parliament (MP).

    "We sourced food baskets and blankets for HIV/Aids people in two groups and other victims of the ‘Tsunami’ a fortnight ago," she said. "The food and the blankets were forcibly taken by the area MP Nyanhongo. He distributed them to Zanu PF supporters at the Sunningdale Community Hall. He told us that we could not do anything within his constituency because enemies of the State had sourced the food."

    Gertrude Ukomba, the chairperson of one of the HIV/Aids groups who witnessed these events can be contacted on her mobile number +263-91-259 892 or –263-4-589259.

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