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Call to rescue Zim’s youth

“IT takes a very great wickedness for those in power to sacrifice a whole generation, the youth of the nation, in order to maintain their own hold on power.”

Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif”>So begins the appeal by the church leaders of Southern Africa which is prefaced to the report on the youth militia prepared by Solidarity Peace Trust. The report comprises 73 pages of carefully documented research into the so-called “national youth service training” programme. The evidence is presented objectively, clinically, without emotion as a good scientific report should be – accompanied by colour photographs of the most horrific injuries inflicted by the Green Bombers.

Although the most brutal and barbaric acts of torture, rape and murder are reported, this is done without passion. Yet you would have to have a heart of stone yourself to read that report without passion – without a sense of outrage at what is being done to the youth of the nation.

Here we have a paramilitary training programme intended for boys and girls from 10 years of age and upwards, that is intended to brainwash them, to fill their minds with the most vulgar Zanu PF propaganda, to fill their hearts with race hate, to train them in violence and then to set them loose on the community. And so they become a rag-tag army of young thugs ready to do the dirty work of the politicians who see to their training and who prefer to keep their own hands “clean”.

The Green Bombers are answerable to no one save their political masters and are immune from any prosecution so long as they follow instructions – which may include attacking members of the opposition, manipulating election results, controlling the food distribution process, or generally creating an atmosphere of terror. A most sinister example of the principle of using – and then abusing – those who are most vulnerable in the community.

Our Christian faith teaches us to love people and to use things. But the ruling elite who set up this programme have reversed that order. They love things – palatial homes, 4x4s, Mercedes, offshore accounts – and they use people to get their hands on those things. And here in the youth militia training programme they are using the youth in a most cold and calculating manner.

Using – and abusing. For the report details so many documented cases of young girls being raped, and multiple raped, by the boys in training with them and by their military instructors. Used, abused, and then, their purpose done, just thrown out on the scrap heap.

The words of the prophet give a thunderous warning to the rulers of this nation: “Woe to the shepherds of Israel who only take care of themselves!

“Should not shepherds take care of the flock? You eat the curds, clothe yourselves with the wool and slaughter the choice animals, but you do not take care of the flock. You have ruled them harshly and brutally. So they were scattered because there was no shepherd, and when they were scattered they became food for all the wild animals.”

A graphic picture of the people of Zimbabwe today, whose one-time shepherds have become ravenous wolves devouring the flock and scattering the young to become food for the “wild animals” – at the mercy of drink and drugs, and through their enforced and encouraged sexual promiscuity, cut down by Aids.

Time and again those who are brave enough to speak of their ordeal mention the strongly anti-Christian rhetoric which is part of the training – a part of the brain-washing. The Bible is scorned and set aside for vile Zanu PF propaganda. Part of the process of deliberately undermining the Christian faith so that those who run the camps may have complete control of the youths – body, mind and soul.

I don’t use the word “Satanic” very often but it’s the only word I know that adequately describes the reality of the youth militia programme – a cancer that is eating into the heart and soul of this nation.

“Therefore, O shepherds, hear the word of the Lord: This is what the sovereign Lord says: I am against the shepherds and will hold them accountable for my flock. I will remove them from tending the flock so that the shepherds can no longer feed themselves. I will rescue my flock from their mouths.”

Praise God for that, and you can play your part in rescuing the youths of this land from the mouths of rapacious politicians.

Graham Shaw,

Bulawayo South


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