Friday, December 05, 2008

Pray for Zimbabwe - updated

I have asked prayers for Zimbabwe and her people on several occasions. My personal link was a seminarian from Zimbabwe who was studying in Berkeley and preached in our church.

The situation there continues to degenerate on multiple fronts: politics, disease, food, justice, etc.

President Mugabe was once a great liberation hero, leading in the struggle for indigenous rule in what was once part of Rhodesia. It is unfortunate that his drive for power has led him from that noble legacy into one of brutal oppression and corruption.

Former South African President Thabo Mbeki is a friend of Mugabe and has been a strong enabler of the continued oppression and injustice in Zimbabwe - not to mention his wrong-headedness on AIDS that has cost many lives. He too goes down for infamy in my book and I am glad he is no longer president of SA.

Today there is an extensive post by FishOutofWater at Daily Kos titled Zimbabwe Imploding, South Africa Moving in. I commend it to you.
President Kgalema Motlanthe’s cabinet will today unveil a plan for rescuing the country, which is buckling under the weight of a shattered economy, food shortages, a cholera outbreak and rioting soldiers.

Cholera has broken out, being the most recent crisis. Since disease can spread across borders, this threatens all the neighboring nations as well.

The political power-sharing situation remains unresolved.

Pray for the people of Zimbabwe.

I commend to y'all's attention the comments by the Prime Minister of Kenya included in a post by Chris in Paris at Americablog.

--the BB

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