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UNICEF Helps Displaced Zimbabwe Children

UNICEF says many children have been left without shelter or separated from their parents during demolitions in which the government has destroyed thousands of market stalls and houses in Zimbabwe's urban areas.

UNICEF says the campaign has disrupted schooling and made access to water difficult. It says it is distributing water, blankets and toilets.

U.S. and United Nations officials say some 250-thousand people have been left homeless as a result of Zimbabwe's month-long crackdown.

President Robert Mugabe has defended the plan -- known as Operation Restore Order -- saying Zimbabwe's shantytowns have been hubs of illegal activity.

Some information for this report provided by Reuters and AP.