Protestant groups ask African Union to step into Zimbabwe crisis

Ever-worsening government suppression
Two global groupings of Protestant churches have urged the African Union to intervene in the crisis in Zimbabwe, where President Robert Mugabe’s government has cracked down on opposition protests as the country faces economic collapse.

Acting separately late last month, the Lutheran World Federation and the World Alliance of Reformed Churches—umbrella groups with a combined 140 million members in their constituent churches—deplored ever-worsening government suppression of dissent and the suffering of people in the southern African nation.

The main governing body of the Lutheran World Federation, meeting in Sweden, called on the international community to respond to the distress in Zimbabwe and “to act to restore hope, and to promote peace.”


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