David Siampondo has started a GoFundMe initiative in an endeavour to raise US$20 000 towards medical fees for Joannah Mammombe, Cecilia Chimbiri and Netsai Marova, all members of the opposition MDC Alliance, who are “victims of torture, inhumane acts and abductions.”
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Victims of torture, inhumane acts, and abductions. Defending human rights in Zimbabwe.
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Zimbabwe has become an outpost of tyranny. Citizens and residents in activism are being abducted, tortured, raped, and killed by the state. The military government has closed the democratic space, and human rights are no longer being observed. The remaining human rights Defenders are systematically targeted.
They are being abducted, tortured, raped, and exposed to all sorts of degrading treatment, sometimes going as far as the victims losing their lives. The recent abduction of three female leaders from the Youth Assembly with the Movement for Democratic Change by the state paints a disturbing picture of the abuses occurring in Zimbabwe.
These three female leaders were held incommunicado, driven around in sacks while blindfolded. They were mocked and made to be humiliated for their protests. A group of state agents forced them to eat human waste and drink urine, physically assaulted them, and, worst of all, raped these women, all while being held captive at gunpoint. One of the abducted victims is a registered Member of Parliament.
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