THE National Association of Non-Governmental Organisations (Nango) this week said the government must allow international humanitarian agencies to carry out an assessment of the post-March 29 election violence in order to facilitate mobilisation of support to assist victims of political violence.
Fambai Ngirande, the spokesperson for Nango, told the Zimbabwe Independent that a formal assessment of the humanitarian situation after the election was necessary to comprehensively define the extent of the need for assistance and the formulation of the appropriate response strategies.
“The United Nations (UN) humanitarian agencies and their partners in the NGO community have been experiencing limited access to the affected people due to this heightened tension and localised outbreaks of violence, resulting in them scaling down their humanitarian programmes thereby exacerbating the humanitarian situation,” Ngirande said.
He said the UN agencies, the International Red Cross and other relief organisations could be more effective after having undertaken their own assessment of the situation on the ground.
Ngirande said Nango and its diverse membership was currently battling to respond to the legal, medical, psychosocial and humanitarian needs of thousands of internally displaced people and victims of politically motivated violence.
“In spite of a horrendously unfavourable operating environment, notably characterised by, among other things, denial of access for humanitarian organisations particularly in rural areas and the victimisation of members of civil society, we are doing all we can to help the victims of political violence,” Ngirande said.
By Lucia Makamure