Posted by: becketfund | May 31, 2007

Zimbabwe: Pro-Mugabe Militia Targets Catholic Priests Protesting Mugabe Rule

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs reports that a militia tied to the Zimbabwe African National Union – Patriotic Front has engaged in a program to intimidate Catholics in rural areas after Catholic bishops published a letter condemning President Robert Mugabe for his poor leadership. Priests caught distributing the letter have been arrested, and others have had their homes raided, while the militia has forced hospitals to withhold treatment from priests and has begun to camp out at churches, threatening parishioners, including children, who try to attend services.

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