Office of Archbishop Desmond Tutu (Cape Town)

16 March 2007

Africa: Statement on Crisis from Desmond Tutu


Cape Town — The following is a statement from Archbishop Desmond Tutu on recent violence against demonstrators in Zimbabwe.

We Africans should hang our heads in shame. How can what is happening in Zimbabwe elicit hardly a word of concern let alone condemnation from us leaders of Africa?

Just when one thought that the news out of Zimbabwe could not get worse, sure as anything it does. After the horrible things done to hapless people in Harare, has come the recent crackdown on members of the opposition.

What more has to happen before we who are leaders, religious and political, of our mother Africa are moved to cry out 'Enough is enough'? What an awful blot on our copy book. Do we really care about human rights,do we care that people of flesh and blood, fellow Africans are being treated like rubbish,almost worse than they were ever treated by rabid racists?

Thank goodness that Cosatu has spoken out so courageously. I share their con sternation at the silence from those we would have expected to speak out on behalf of the voiceless,the powerless ones.

Oh Africa, my Africa, oh Africa, our Africa, why are  we betraying you so viciously in Zimbabwe, in Darfur, in the DRC, why are we letting you down so horribly badly?

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