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South African Churches Dispatch Relief Convoy to Zimbabwe

South African churches have sent 37 tonnes of food and thousands of blankets to Zimbabwe for families and individuals displaced by Operation Murambatsvina, Harare’s controversial slum-clearance operation.

A United Nations special envoy to Zimbabwe reported that the two-month drive to level unauthorized structures left 700,000 without a home or a livelihood or both.

The South African Council of Churches, which launched a fact-finding mission into the country during the operation’s latter phase, launched Operation Hope for Zimbabwe in conjunction with the Zimbabwe Council of Churches as a local partner.The South African organization also opened a bank account to receive public donations.

Correspondent Bernard Mandizvidza of VOA’s Studio 7 for Zimbabwe filed a report from Johannesburg, from which the relief truck convoy departed early Monday.

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