Agencies denounce Zimbabwe’s ban on aid workers

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: (Published 12 June 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:1332
  1. Peter Moszynski
  1. 1London

Zimbabwe’s decision to suspend aid agencies from operating in rural areas, accusing them of political bias and interference, has caused international outrage and concerns that it may cause a nutritional disaster.

John Holmes, the United Nations undersecretary general for humanitarian affairs, said, “This is a deplorable decision that comes at a critical humanitarian juncture for the people of Zimbabwe.

“Much of the UN’s own humanitarian aid in Zimbabwe, as elsewhere, is programmed through non-governmental organisations (NGOs). If voluntary organisations and NGOs are not able to work, humanitarian aid for at least two million of the most poor and vulnerable of Zimbabwe’s people, …

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