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Zimbabwe: Africa Churches Council speaks out

 The head of the All Africa Conference of Churches (AACC), has expressed grave concerns over the current events taking place in Zimbabwe. In a statement to the Catholic Information Service Africa, the General Secretary Rev Dr Mvuma Dandala said: "information from member churches, international media and the civil society groups, indicates that more than 20 000 families in Hatcliff and other areas in Zimbabwe have been made homeless". "Thousands of roadside vendors have been arrested, and their business premises destroyed under the clean-up operation ordered by the government of Zimbabwe. "Families are now exposed to untold harsh winter conditions; they also lack water, shelter and food. Besides, many of these people particularly women and children are now threatened with possibilities of an outbreak of diseases," he said. Dr Dandla urges the Churches in Zimbabwe, the Civil Society Groups, the Citizens and the Government to once again accept to reason together and solve these problems through dialogue and peacefully. At times like this, he said, where the air is filled with cries and desperation from citizens of Zimbabwe, it is imperative that both the Opposition, the Government and the Citizens give Peace and Dialogue a chance." Source: CISA