UMCOR Responds to Emergency Needs In Politically Charged Zimbabwe
New York, NY, June 5, 2008—The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) responded on June 4 to the need for humanitarian aid in politically charged Zimbabwe.
The agency will assist a partner organization working on the ground in distributing food and medicine to communities and clinics serving the most vulnerable. Because of the high cost of fuel, UMCOR is particularly helping with funds to transport the goods to areas most affected by food shortages and politically-related violence.
Zimbabwe is caught in both economic and political binds. Inflation rates are the highest in the world and political upheaval has followed in the wake of the disputed results of a national election.
"As in Myanmar where politics intervened in a humanitarian crisis, we are poised and ready to respond fully when the government releases its restrictions" said Sam Dixon, UMCOR's top executive. "In the meantime, we are working directly with partners on the ground. They are coordinating with their local network to provide humanitarian assistance."
UMCOR continues to support three hospitals in the region. These United Methodist hospitals provide primary and preventative health care to people in surrounding communities, include mothers and vulnerable children.
Many people from Zimbabwe have taken refuge in neighboring South Africa, where they are not always welcomed. UMCOR is working with the Methodist Church in Southern Africa to meet some of the needs for shelter and food in the Johannesburg area.
In addition to continued prayers, people wishing to help may send financial gifts to UMCOR #199456, Zimbabwe Emergency. 100% of this and any designated gift goes to its intended project. No funds are used for UMCOR's administrative costs.