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Zimbabwe Wraps Up Crackdown on Slums

Zimbabwe's government on Thursday announced the completion of a crackdown on slums and street traders that left some 700,000 people without homes or livelihoods. But the opposition said demolitions continued.

The campaign has sparked domestic and international criticism, with a U.N. envoy last week presenting a report condemning the crackdown and calling for urgent assistance to help those who have lost their homes and jobs. The envoy said another 2.4 million people have been affected by the crackdown. Zimbabwe's demolition of urban slums has provoked a humanitarian catastrophe, according to the harshly worded UN report that urged an immediate end to the program and the prosecution of its architects

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