Agencies denounce Zimbabwe’s ban on aid workersBMJ 2008; 336 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39608.416991.DB (Published 12 June 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:1332
- Peter Moszynski
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, …