In a recent letter to the New York Times, [Richard Sollom] suggested that donor governments maintain targeted sanctions against a small cohort of Zimbabwe's power elite, but that they should also now provide targeted humanitarian support to the struggling country in transition.
Physicians for Human Rights Senior Investigator, Richard Sollom, published a letter in Friday's New York Times, in response to the Times editorial, Villains and Victims in Zimbabwe. The editorial rightly calls on the United States and Europe to provide the fledgling unity government in Zimbabwe with increased financial resources.
So the good news is that the cholera epidemic in Zimbabwe is finally getting under control. Weekly case fatality rates have dropped from over 5% to now about 1%. The bad news is that tuberculosis may soon take its place as a leading cause of death in Zimbabwe.
A new documentary on Zimbabwe's cholera epidemic quotes a former UN humanitarian official as saying: The United Nations deliberately downplayed the crisis to avoid confrontation with President Mugabe and his ZANU-PF regime.
Australian Foreign Minister Stephen Smith just announced that his government will provide Zimbabwe with another $6.5 million in aid to help the so-called unity government restore urgent access to safe water, adequate sanitation and health services.What's so controversial? He's betting that historically corrupt ZANU-PF government officials won't again abscond with these aid dollars the way they have in the past.