Stories about Zimbabwe from December, 2008
Global Health: 2008 Blogs In Review
Bloggers in 2008 showed all the ways in which global health is interconnected with other issues, by covering health stories that touched on everything from poverty and women's rights to the environment and economics. They shared stories such as the prohibition of cannabis in Japan, how ads for children's food...
Zimbabwe: Update on Jestina Mukoko's abduction
Denford Magora's Zimbabwe Blog posted some photos of human rights activist Jestina Mukoko (who was abducted a couple of weeks ago) appearing in court yesterday accused of recruiting insurgents to topple Mugabe. A few hours later he reported that “although not being freed, it looks as though the abductees will...
MSF's Top 10 Humanitarian Crises in 2008
MSF (Doctors without borders) has released its annual list of Top 10 Humanitarian Crises of 2008 and the DR Congo, Sudan, Zimbabwe, Somalia and Ethiopia's Somali region made the cut. Several bloggers have commented on the list, including The Road to the Horizon who noted that there was “no under-reporting...
Zimbabwe: A Surge In Cholera Deaths
The widespread cholera outbreak in Zimbabwe continues to take its toll. The United Nations reported yesterday that the disease, which is mainly transmitted through contaminated water and food, has killed almost 1,000 people (978 to be exact) since the outbreak started in August. This new death toll is a 25...
Malawi: Murderous Thanksgiving, AIDS Day and crossing the Zimbabwean border
Victor Kaonga highlights a few posts from blogs about Malawi: an expat Thanksgiving, World Aids Day and a long bus trip from Malawi to South Africa with an interesting border crossing in Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe: Human Rights Day in Bulawayo
Women of Zimbabwe Arise writes about the commemoration of International Human Rights Day in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, which included a protest march for the release of abducted activists.
Zimbabwe: On the cholera crisis
Sokwanele posted several pictures taken in Ruwa of raw sewage overflowing from manholes, causing residents in the area to fear for a cholera outbreak. Sokwanele says: “It’s a ticking time-bomb, and the residents know it, but can do nothing about it”. The Kubatana blog also comments on the current cholera...
Zimbabwe: Civil society campaign against state abductions
Following the abduction of Zimbabwean human rights activist Jestina Mukoko's on Wednesday the 3rd of December, Zimbabwe's Civic Action Support group has launched a campaign to stop state abductions. It is believed that state agents are behind the abduction of Jestina Mukoko as well as other recent abductions of several political and human rights activists in Zimbabwe.
Malawi: 36-hour bus ride to Johannesburg
Boni Dulani describes his 36-hour bus ride from Mangochi, Malawi to Johannesburg, South Africa going through Mozambique and Zimbabwe. He concludes “despite all those challenges, there is a positive story to tell from my trip: Zimbabwe is the only country where I didn’t have to pay any bribes to get...
A day in the life of a Zimbabwean
At the Kubatana blogs, Godfrey Macheso describes a typical day in Zimbabwe, which involves a lot of waiting in line. He concludes: “everything about, and around you seems to be hard hit by complications and there is no way to solve any of the issues at stake”.