Zimbabwe: Terror in Matabeleland

First chickens, then goats, then children The report from Zimbabwe's Bishops' Conference, an organization of Roman Catholic churchmen, was not pleasant reading for Prime Minister Robert Mugabe. It accused the Zimbabwe army of waging a campaign of terror in parts of Matabeleland province, into which government troops had been sent in January to flush out antigovernment rebels. The bishops charged that physical brutality was commonplace against the area's 450,000 inhabitants. "People are beaten up on the mere suspicion that they are helping dissidents or when they say they do not...

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