Saturday, December 06, 2008

A plague


The picture is from The Times

The suffering of Zimbabwe's people continues – and worsens. The Infectious Diseases Hospital, about five miles south of Harare on the pockmarked highway to South Africa, is the only government hospital still open in the capital. Between five and 15 cholera fatalities arrive at its mortuary every day.


"It's well past time for Robert Mugabe to leave," Condoleezza Rice, the outgoing secretary of state, said on Friday. "I think that is now obvious.
"If this is not evident for the international community, that it is time to stand up for what is right, I don't know what would be."
Miss Rice, speaking on a trip to Denmark, said it was up to Zimbabwe's neighbours to take action. "Frankly the nations of the region have to lead it," she said. "Southern African states should be the most responsible."
The country's cholera epidemic has given new impetus to condemnations of Mr Mugabe, who retains the presidency despite coming second in the last contested election, in March.

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2 Comments:

At 7:07 am, Blogger travelling, but not in love said...

I was outraged my Condimenta Rice's comment when I read it.

Why is it for the 'nations of the region' to lead anything contra Mugabe? Why is it different to the invasion of Kuwait or the suffering of the Afghani people at the hands of the Taleban. Surely it can't be oil? Surely it can't be because there's nothing in it for 'us'...oh but, sure it can.

It's outrageous how the west just stands by and allows this to happen - Britain especially should have acted long, long ago.

 
At 8:22 pm, Blogger Rob (Inukshuk Adventure) said...

I'm with TBNIL in spirit and sentiment, but it's not that simple, and it is the making of the leaders of the region so it is up to them to fix it, or not. This is the cruel reality of Africa and I know this is hard for those who do not know and understand Africa to grasp that this is what happens in Africa - what ever the name, the leadership style is the same, no matter how much you help, no matter how much you shout, the outcome the same. It is Africa.

 

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