Wednesday, 25 February 2009

Zimbabwe Appeal

The archbishops of Canterbury and York have issued a joint appeal, as mentioned here yesterday, to help counter the humanitarian crisis and deteriorating political situation in Zimbabwe.

They have jointly authored an article in today’s Times newspaper, Mugabe has ruined Africa’s beacon of hope. See also Archbishops of Canterbury and York condemn regime in Zimbabwe and Ash Wednesday: Say a Prayer for Zim.

The Archbishop of York has also invited people to come to join him today in a city centre Church in York praying for the people of Zimbabwe.

And see BBC ‘Pray and fast’ plea for Zimbabwe which includes a video interview with both archbishops.

Posted by Simon Sarmiento on Wednesday, 25 February 2009 at 11:02am GMT | TrackBack
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Here's a comment.

I think all thinking Anglicans (including me) should have commented on this thread.

Shame on us!

(I partially exclude Father Ron, who did comment on Zimbabwe on another thread.)

Posted by: john on Thursday, 26 February 2009 at 9:44pm GMT

Peter Tatchell of “Outrage” tried to arrest Mugabe on a London street before being beaten to the ground by security and then was arrested himself for barracking the Archbishop of Canterbury in his Cathedral – Peter, we owe you so much for exposing and confronting these people......

Posted by: Martin Reynolds on Thursday, 26 February 2009 at 9:54pm GMT

John
What would you have liked us to say, other than that the appeal is overdue, and that we pray for Zimbabwe, which goes without saying?

Posted by: Erika Baker on Friday, 27 February 2009 at 8:45am GMT

If ever military sanctions needed to be taken against any government in the world today, Mugabe's faux government in Zimbabwe would surely be at the top of the list. This could not be undertaken by a solely Western force, but more appropriately, perhaps, by a combined African Nations' Expeditionary Force. This is the only authority that Mugabe and his cronies would ever listen to, but they have failed Zimbabwe dismally.

One had hoped that moral persuasion from African governments would have been sufficient to deter this outrageous Dictator from his inexorable course of the destruction of Zimbabwe and its people. It seems, however, that a sort of reverse political correctness has galvanised Zimbabwe's neighbouring countries into 'looking the other way' while the destruction moves towards its shocking climax.

Perhaps some chickens will come home to roost when we see to which countries the Zanu PF People flee when the infrastructure of Zimbabwe simply collapses into the dust, and there is nothing left for the vultures to feed on. Lord have mercy.

Where is the 'power' of the 'United Nations' now?

Posted by: Father Ron Smith on Friday, 27 February 2009 at 9:11am GMT

"Peter Tatchell of “Outrage” tried to arrest Mugabe on a London street before being beaten to the ground by security"

You make it sound like poor Peter Tatchell was unjustly treated by those evil fascist police. I have no idea, of course, but from what I know of Peter Tatchell, I'd be very surprised if it were that simple. His public behaviour up to now suggests otherwise. If you poke a bear with a stick long enough, you can't really claim you don't deserve to be bitten, especially not when the whole point of the exercise was to poke a bear till it bites you so as to make a good public show.

"Peter, we owe you so much for exposing and confronting these people......"

Are you seriously suggesting no-one has tried to expose and confront "these people" before Peter Tatchell came along?

Posted by: Ford Elms on Friday, 27 February 2009 at 1:13pm GMT

"I have no idea, of course,...."

I quite agree.

Posted by: Martin Reynolds on Friday, 27 February 2009 at 5:21pm GMT

Peter Tatchell is a hero. Even 'The Sun' (cheap British rag) so regards him. He is fearless. He is principled. His sheer integrity over many years has won approbation from the most unlikely quarters (above).

On another note. Rowan Williams gave a lecture this evening in Durham on texts and reading. It was absolutely clear: this man is at heart and by intellectual conviction a very liberal Christian. Take heart, all here.

Posted by: john on Friday, 27 February 2009 at 9:27pm GMT

And don't forget the mainly elderly British oap's left in Zimbabwe..the Rhodesian remnant..who were promised by the West that the worst fears of Ian Smith would nver be realised. Some promise!

Posted by: Robert Ian Williams on Sunday, 1 March 2009 at 7:36am GMT
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