An alliance of church groups in Zimbabwe is forming a coalition to aid victims of the government’s “drive out trash” campaign that the United Nations estimates has cost 700,000 Zimbabweans their homes or livelihoods or both.
“Churches have formed a broad-based ecumenical body in the aftermath of the clean-up operation,” Charles Muchechetere of the Evangelical Fellowship of Zimbabwe told Ecumenical News International, the Geneva-based religious news agency.
“The three general secretaries of the country’s main church organizations will meet regularly to address the imbalances created by the clean-up operation,” he added.
In addition to EFZ, the coalition includes the Zimbabwe Council of Churches and the Zimbabwe Catholic Bishops Conference.
The government says the clean-up campaign was designed to clear slums and to eliminate the informal markets in the country’s cities.