16 March 2017

Zimbabwe: UK - Church Leaders Meet Over Zim Tragedies

Hardly month passes without headlines about a suicide or fatal domestic violence cases in the diaspora, along with appeals for funding to help repatriate deceased Zimbabweans back home.

Unreported are many cases of family break-ups, children getting involved with gangs, others going into care as well as thousands struggling to survive because they are illegal immigrants.

The latest tragedy related to boxer and former banker Bhekitshe Moyo, 42, who had lived in the UK for 15 years when he was ordered to leave the country. He was found dead in a London park.

Local church leaders recently came together in Birmingham to discuss these issues and establish a way forward at a meeting organised by Diaspora Funeral Cash Plan (DFCP).

Challenges identified at the meeting include family peoblems, health, immigration and community cohesion.

"We agreed that most of the family challenges are a result of work/family time balance with most parents fixated on money more than children's welfare," organisers said after the meeting.

"It was also mentioned that the church leadership needs to listen more, and perhaps a bit deeper, into congregants' stories for therein lies serious issues calling for both physical and spiritual intervention."

Diaspora Funeral Cash Plan said they will organise more of these engagements around the UK.

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