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A Woman and Her Grandchildren Reduced to One Room

Armed security forces evicted thousands of families from the Bulawayo township of Makokoba this week. Baton-wielding police torched buildings and bulldozers knocked them over. In some instances, the buildings targeted were long-established houses, not unauthorized shanties, said David Coltart, a senior official of the Movement for Democratic Change. One 69-year-old woman saw most of her four-room house in the suburb torn down. Reporter Babongile Dlamini filed from Bulawayo.