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Britain & Sweden Fund Assistance To Zimbabweans Deported From South Africa

Britain has donated US$10 million to the International Organization for Migration to help the most vulnerable of the Zimbabweans being deported from South Africa and those still feeling the impact of Harare's 2005 eviction and demolition campaign.

South Africa has returned about 47,000 Zimbabweans to their country since May, and the IOM has helped about half of these, the nongovernmental organization said.

The IOM set up a support centre at Beitbridge border crossing in May with help from Britain and from Sweden’s International Development Cooperation Agency.

The United Nations Children's Fund, or UNICEF, has set up a children's center there.

IOM Information Officer Nicola Simmonds told Blessing Zulu about the programs.

Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition coordinator Jacob Mafume, whose group has provided legal assistance to deportees, said the collapse of Zimbabwe's economy, caused by corruption and misgovernance, has made emigration a necessity for many.

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