Africa: United Methodists Calling for Prayers Amid Violence Across Zimbabwe
“We are safe, but we are disconnected from all business,” said the Rev. Lancelot Mukundu, chair of the United Methodist Nyadire Mission Centre in the northeastern part of Zimbabwe. “We cannot get supplies. We cannot use our computers. We cannot travel. We are hoping by tomorrow, the situation will improve.”
Clashes between protesters and Zimbabwe security forces led to at least eight deaths and 25 others wounded in a government crackdown on national protests, reports Amnesty International.
No United Methodists are reported among the dead, nor has there been any vandalism at churches, said the Rev. Emmanuel Maforo, the Zimbabwe Episcopal Area communications director.
Demonstrations erupt in the Zimbabwean capital of Harare to protest against the sharp rise in fuel prices ordered by the government, in the midst of a severe economic crisis.| Footage courtesy: AFP News (afp.com)
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Social Media Comments:
— Kate Hoey (@KateHoeyMP) January 15, 2019
Just spoken to Zimbabwean Ambassador regarding this week’s protests in Zimbabwe. Worrying levels of violence – urged restraint from security forces and the need to restore internet access.
— Harriett Baldwin (@hbaldwin) January 15, 2019
Outraged to see my friend Pastor Evan Mawarire, a prominent non-violent activist in Zimbabwe, was just taken from his home & arrested by Mnangagwa's regime on false charges of "inciting violence." Pastor Evan survived Mugabe; none shall make him afraid. https://t.co/QhGFRSw9sO pic.twitter.com/s4JWkj5udB
— Hillel Neuer (@HillelNeuer) January 16, 2019