Saturday, March 14, 2009

The following petition to the African Union, calling on it to do its job vis-a-vis the situation in Zimbabwe, is from the Care2 petition site.
Zimbabwe is beyond a state of crisis.:
Zimbabwe was once one of the most promising countries in Africa, with a thriving agriculture industry, one of the region's highest literacy rates and a robust healthcare system. Today, Zimbabwe is a land of devastation. Twenty-eight years of increasingly dictatorial rule by President Robert Mugabe have led to hyperinflation, food shortages and a breakdown of basic public services.
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Thankfully, opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai was recently sworn in as the new Prime Minister, forming a "unity government" that will attempt to move the country forward. It won't be easy:
*Public hospitals have been without running water for months, creating a petri
dish for easily preventable killers like cholera.
*More than 3,000 people have died in Africa's worst cholera epidemic in 19 years.
*Schools have been shut down because teachers can't be paid.
*The agricultural sector has collapsed, half the population requires emergency food aid and humanitarian aid groups are struggling to keep up.

The good news is that Zimbabwe does not have to do this work alone. The African Union (AU) will serve as guarantor for this new government and it is critical that they take immediate action to ensure Zimbabwe's unity government takes steps in the right direction.
Ask the African Union to do its job as guarantor of the unity government, and work to end the political repression that has crippled Zimbabwe >>
Please go to THIS SITE to send the following brief letter to the present Chairman of the Organization of African Unity, Muammar Gaddifi. It may not be on the same level as petitioning the Vatican, but it's at least similar.You know, Molly once knew a guy that actually managed to shark Gaddifi, but that is very much another off topic long story. I wonder if he's alive today.

Dear African Union Chairman Muammar Gaddafi,
Please ensure that the African Union executes its role as guarantor of the new Zimbabwe unity government.

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