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Zimbabwe bishop halts feeding program for fear of workers' safety


A church feeding program has stopped feeding 35,000 Zimbabwean children and pregnant women after threats to workers.

The Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace in Hwange Diocese stopped sending trucks filled with maize and other basic foodstuffs late last month when a group of about 10 so-called "war veterans" arrived at their warehouse and warned them to stop operations, Bishop Robert Ndlovu of Hwange said.

The commission has been supplying food to 34 primary schools, 17 pre-schools and prenatal clinics in Binga district in Hwange Diocese.

"Since their arrival, there are always between five and 10 men camped outside the gate watching that no food leaves the premises," Bishop Ndlovu said.

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Zimbabwe Catholic Bishops Conference: Commission for Justice and Peace

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CNS


13 Jun 2002