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NGOs Issue Report On Zimbabwean Women Refugees In South Africa

Nongovernmental organizations in South Africa are coming out with a report this week saying women subjected to torture in Zimbabwe who subsequently emigrate to South Africa are failing to find asylum or refuge there, a spokesman for the groups said.

The Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition, the Zimbabwe Torture Victims/Survivors Project and the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation jointly drafted the report. The document's release, scheduled for Thursday, is timed to coincide with a 16-day campaign in South Africa against the abuse of women and children.

Executive Director Ahmed Mutala of the Center for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation told reporter Jonga Kandemiiri of VOA's Studio 7 for Zimbabwe that the nongovernmental organizations hope the report will convince the South African government and others that women fleeing Zimbabwe deserve refuge.

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