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The top UN humanitarian official says the situation in Zimbabwe is worsening, with up to four million people – a third of the population – needing aid.

Briefing the security Council, John Holmes condemned the government’s recent ban on private relief work. The US urged the council to discuss the humanitarian crisis and “state sponsored violence” ahead of elections. It also said security forces had seized US food aid and distributed it to President Robert Mugabe’s supporters. Tensions have been running high in Zimbabwe ahead of the 27 June presidential run-off vote between the president and the leader of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), Morgan Tsvangirai.

The BBC has obtained documents suggesting that Zimbabwe’s military is actively involved in running Mr Mugabe’s re-election campaign. The documents outline plans by ruling party Zanu-PF to harass and drive out opposition supporters, especially from rural areas. (Continue Reading…)

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