Zimbabwe: No Hope Yet for the Homeless

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Zimbabwe: No Hope Yet for the Homeless
By: IRIN
03 June 2010
 

The 20-year-old is the sole bread winner for her 45-year-old widowed father, her two sisters and two brothers. The residents of Hopley Farm have nicknamed her "chicken".

Her predicament can be traced back to 2005, when President Robert Mugabe`s ZANU-PF government launched Operation Murambatsvina (Drive out Filth), and the family dwelling, along with her father`s shoe repair business, was among the tens of thousands of urban structures that were demolished.

"I never imagined I would get into prostitution, and I never thought I would come to an extent whereby I would expose my sisters [aged 15 and 17] to this kind of life, but circumstances have forced me into this and I am now used to it," she told IRIN.

"My younger sisters dropped out of school because Father could not afford the fees, and even though I wish the best in life for them, they might end up as sex workers like me so as to survive," she said.

Dhewa is aware of his daughter`s sex work but told IRIN: "What can I do about it? I am not employed and she buys food for me. This is the kind of situation the government has put us into, and it is sad that there is nothing our political leaders are doing to give us decent accommodation."

Operation Garikai

An estimated 700,000 people were made homeless by Operation Murambatsvina; after international condemnation, Mugabe`s government launched Operation Garikai (Have Decent Accommodation).

Dhewa`s nephew, Timothy Mangena, 33, a Harare shop assistant, his wife and two children, who were made homeless by the operation that government termed "an urban clean-up", became beneficiaries of the new housing scheme.

Mangena and his family, along with several thousand others, were resettled at Whitecliff, about 15km west of Harare - one of the scores of settlements set up by Operation Garikai - where they were allocated two-roomed matchbox brick houses without toilets, running water or sewerage.

"My family had become accustomed to the pathetic conditions under which we lived but, unfo

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