Churches help dispossessed amid government crackdown.
Since June, President Robert Mugabe's campaign to demolish the country's shantytowns and drive away the urban poor has created misery and devastation on the scale of a natural disaster. Bulldozers knock down homes--and destroy everything inside. In other areas, Zimbabweans are forced at gunpoint to pull down their own homes.
Locals are calling this the "African Tsunami." Despite warnings from the Zimbabwean government, churches are scrambling to help the estimated million refugees created by this destruction. A one-room church took in more than 100 refugees in a single day, caring for their needs.
One Christian worker who requested anonymity said, "In some parts of Harare, people have gone to spend the nights in their local churches. People are squeezed into just about every space available. Churches have been openly warned not to help the 'refugees,' but how can you turn down someone who is hungry and homeless?"
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