Africa Day of Prayer and Fasting for Justice in Zimbabwe
In the strongest statement from the church yet, Africa's largest grouping of churches says the crisis in Zimbabwe is deadlocked because of the intransigence of President Robert Mugabe, and Christians should pray for an end to the "illegitimate" regime.
The 9th general assembly of the All Africa Conference
of Churches (AACC) in Maputo, Mozambique, set aside January 25, 2009 as a
special 'Africa Day of Prayer and Fasting for Justice in Zimbabwe'
Nor is this restricted to the churches:
South African civic and church leaders, as well as former anti-apartheid activists, are set to come together to press the country's government and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) to find an urgent solution to the Zimbabwe crisis.
The campaign, which will be highlighted by hunger strikes by church leaders and activists, is set to get under way in the next 10 days and is hoped to impress upon the continent, especially SADC and South African leaders, the wider implications of the crisis that has left untold thousands dead in Zimbabwe. Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, who has been critically outspoken against the South African government's handling of the crisis, has pledged his support by committing himself to a weekly fast.
He will also be joined by Bishop Paul Verryn from Johannesburg's Central Methodist Church, which houses and cares for more than 1000 Zimbabwean refugees who have fled their homes.