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Zimbabwe: Politics and Government

Volume 485: debated on Tuesday 16 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment he has made of the humanitarian situation in Zimbabwe; and if he will make a statement. (244235)

The humanitarian situation in Zimbabwe continues to deteriorate. Thousands have been hit by cholera and hundreds have died. Basic services have collapsed. The health services can only respond because of the help ourselves and others are giving. 5 million people need food aid, and more disease outbreaks are likely.

Mugabe has led his country to this humanitarian catastrophe and now denies it exists. We are doing everything we can to save lives, but fundamental change is now required to give power back to the Zimbabwean people and bring this crisis to an end.