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Human Rights Award Impresses Abducted Activist Dzamara's Family

FILE: Part of the crowd that attended the Itai Dzamara prayer rally. (Photo: Courtesy Occupy Africa Unity Square)

Sheffra Dzamara, the wife of missing activist Itai Dzamara who won this year’s Zimbabwe Human Rights Association’s overall Human Rights Defender of the Year, says she is humbled by her husband’s award which is a recognition that he is fighting for the rights of local people.

Itai Dzamara was supposed to receive the award at a function held over the weekend in Bulawayo where several other people got various awards.

Movement for Democratic duo of vice president Thokozani Khupe and Harare West legislator Jessie Majome were among the recipients.

Majome bagged the People’s Choice and the Oustanding Female Human Rights Defender of the Year awards, while Khupe won the Human Rights Activist of the Year award for her fight against cancer.

Dzamara’s award comes exactly nine months after he was abducted in Glen View, Harare, by unknwon assailants.

Sheffra Dzamara told VOA Stuido 7 her family hopes that one day he will come back home alive.

“We still have hope that one day God will answer our prayers, we still have hope that one day we are going to see Itai,” she said.

She said while other families were busy preparing for the festive season, the Dzamara family has no plans to celebrate.

“This year we are not celebrating Christmas because Itai is still missing.”

She said despite assistance she is receiving from the Dzamara family, things are getting really tough for her to fend for her two kids with Itai who was the bread winner.