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Human Rights Watch Appeals for U.N Help in Taking Care of Displaced Zimbabwe Flood Victims

FILE: A pile of personal property left in the open at the Chingwizi transit camp. Hundreds of families lost their property during their relocation to the camp. (Photo: Human Rights Watch)

International human rights group, Human Rights Watch, has appealed to the United Nations to assist the more than 20,000 people affected by the flooding of the Tokwe Mukosi basin in 2014.

The rights group is accusing the government of neglecting the flood victims.

The families were first relocated at Chingwizi Camp and have since been transferred to Nuanetsi Ranch, which even the government has admitted is not habitable.

The area is infested with killer spiders, snakes and unsafe and scarce water.

Newly appointed Masvingo Resident Minister, Shuvai Mahofa, told Studio 7 that the government is planning to relocate the families to another farm. The residents say they feel abandoned and have run out of food.

Government has also been struggling to compensate the flood victims for their loss.

The plight of the flood victims has also captured the attention of the Rrobert F. Kennedy Centre for Justice and Human Rights (RFK), which hosted Human Rights Watch researcher, Dewa Mavhinga, on Tuesday after his meeting with U.N officials in New York.

Studio 7’s Blessing Zulu spoke with Dewa Mavhinga and RFK Centre’s Africa specialist, Jeff Smith.

Smith said challenges faced by displaced flood victims are an indication of serious problems in Zimbabwe.

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