Justice is an Essential Prerequisite for Reconciliation

Pius Alick Ncube
Published: Wednesday, 06/28/2006 12:00 am EDT

In a world in which torture is an everyday occurrence, the United Nations has set aside one day, June 26 each year, as their day in support of victims of torture. In Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, in recent years, victims of torture and organized violence have been offered the sanctity of the church in which to testify, so that others may stand side by side with them and share their tales of horror. The current government has been responsible for tens of thousands of human rights abuses, including more than 10,000 murders of unarmed civilians in Matabeleland in the 1980s, and most recently, the illegal and heartless evictions known as "Operation Murambatsvina," which the UN itself estimates affected over two million people. School children are out of school and go to bed hungry in this cold winter because their parents have been driven into poverty.

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