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Zimbabwe may soon collapse

Question: After reading the following, draft a plan to help Zimbabwe if Mugabe were removed from power and you NGO were invited in to help.


“The first headline I saw yesterday morning predicted a dire future for one of the world’s most troubled nations “Zimbabwe may soon collapse””.

African National Congress president Jacob Zuma attributed this warning to former UN secretary general Kofi Annan and former US president Jimmy Carter, both of whom were denied entrance to Zimbabwe last weekend as part of a delegation from conflict-resolution group The Elders.

Zimbabwe may soon collapse”. For some reason, this particular phrase keeps ringing in my mind, even though I feel like I can’t even fully understand what it means. How can a whole country, all its infrastructure, just fall apart? What does that mean for the millions of people who live there? When does it cease to exist?

As an outsider looking in on Zimbabwe, it seems to me like things must be pretty close to that point right now. I’ve read that chronic food shortage, and the world’s highest inflation rates, mean that many people have no choice but to literally forage in woods for food;. Life expectancy for woman is just 35 years, and unemployment stands at 85%. In the last 2 weeks the lack of clean water and sewers has led to a cholera outbreak.

Meanwhile, NGO field staffers are helping to fight the outbreak by handing out hygiene kits, and basic supplies like soap, buckets and water. they are hoping it will be enough to avert a full-blown health crisis.

“The call of NGO to the political parties of Zimbabwem leaders in the region and to global community is to deal with this humanitarian crisis, irrespective of the status of political negotiations,” said an official in Southern Africa. “In the interest of the poorest and most vulnerable Zimbabweans…..all concerned parties need to hasten a political settlement”.

Haste is the key word here. Lets hope that peace comes quickly while there is still a country left to save”.

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