Southern Africa: Passing the Hat for Zimbabwe

Washington drops in a bundle, but also irks some black leaders

Part of the deal for ending the long civil war in Zimbabwe was a massive international aid program to help the nation get back on its feet. Last week Zimbabwe benefited from just such a display of compassionate check writing. In a remarkable pass-the-hat meeting in Salisbury, representatives of 36 nations—some of them not much better off than Zimbabwe itself—pledged nearly $1.4 billion in aid to the nation once known as Rhodesia. Even tiny, impoverished Sierra Leone weighed in with $90,000. But...

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