Friday, July 4, 2008

People Trying to Escape

The names change, but the general situation doesn't:
  • "Victims of political violence seek refuge at US Embassy"
    TimesOnline (July 4, 2008)
    • "More than 200 victims of Zimbabwe's political violence have sought sanctuary at the US Embassy in Harare after being displaced from their homes. Breast-feeding mothers and toddlers were among the crowd huddled on the street outside the heavily fortified building, watched over by embassy guards and Zimbabwean intelligence officials.
    • "Several were injured, including one man who came on crutches, begging to see American officials. 'I need to go out of this country, I don't feel safe,' one young man who worked as a polling agent for the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) said...."
All things considered, I'd rather live in a country people are trying to escape to, than one they're trying to escape from.

If you pray, please remember the people of Zimbabwe.

2 comments:

markstoneman said...

Of course, people who escape don't usually land in the wealthy countries. Instead they end up in other poor countries, thereby creating a new problem. This is something many Western countries forget when talking about the burdens of receiving refugees.

It is quite possible that we should be doing something to help Zimbabwe's neighbors in this direction, if we aren't already doing so, either directly or, more likely, indirectly through our membership in the UN.

Brian, aka Nanoc, aka Norski said...

markstoneman,

True enough. the area around the north end of the rift valleys (I'm not sure what the 'correct' name is these days) has had its share of problems with people moving across national borders - and having problems as a result.

I don't know what, if anything, is being done for people walking out of Zimbabwe.

My hope is that those who go to the American and Dutch embassies have their pleas for asylum heard.

(Quite possibly other embassies have been approached as well, I've only run into those to national presences.)

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