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    Up to one thousand Ndebele people have fled their homeland in Zimbabwe, to seek refuge in neighbouring Botswana.

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    1. GV PAN Dukwe village and camp (2 shots) 0.18
    2. SVs People in camp, sewing, making baskets 0.29
    3. SV Interview with refugee (SOT) 1.51
    4. SV Interview with woman refugee (SOT) 1.59
    REPORTER: "Where are you from?"
    REFUGEE: "I am from Bulawayo, Zimbabwe."
    REPORTER: "WHY did you flee Zimbabwe?"
    REFUGEE: "I fled Zimbabwe because myself I was in South Africa, I was on my leave visiting my parents in Zimbabwe. When I was there I met with those Fifth Brigade, they are soldiers of Mr. Mugabe. And they come to me at my house and they ask me why I am speaking Ndebele. I told them that now it's my language what I am speaking. Then they say to me run away. I say what for. And the other one started to press me with the gun. Then they shoot me here (pointing to forehead) Then the other one shoot me here (pointing to arm) then I ran away. After I had been run away they chase me and they just caught me. They take me back home, then they took one of my sisters, who is pregnant. And they say to her 'What is this?' She say 'No she is pregnant.' They ask her who make that thing and she say it is her husband. They say where is your husband? She say he is working in Salisbury. So they take a bayonet and just slit her right out."
    REPORTER: "A pregnant woman?"
    REFUGEE: "Yes, a pregnant woman. And the baby just fall down. They say it is young dissident. That's what they are looking for."
    REPORTER: "Do you want to go back to Zimbabwe?"
    FEMALE REFUGEE: "No, I don't want."
    REPORTER: "Why not?"
    WOMAN: "I am afraid."

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    Background: DUKWE, BOTSWANA

    Up to one thousand Ndebele people have fled their homeland in Zimbabwe, to seek refuge in neighbouring Botswana. Most of the refugee come from the Tsholotsho area of Matabeleland. At the Dukwe refugee camp in Botswana, one man has related his experiences after being caught up in the anti-dissident campaign being conducted by elements of Zimbabwe's army around the Matabeleland capital of Bulawayo. He claimed troops of the Fifth Brigade (North Korean-trained unit of Zimbabwe army) came to his parent's home and asked why he was speaking Ndebele. The man said he was shot in the forehead and the arm, and after trying to escape was brought back to the house where he witnessed an alleged attack on his pregnant sister by the soldiers. He claimed a bayonet was used to slit his sister's abdomen which resulted in the unborn baby falling from her womb. According to man, the troops said the baby was a young dissident and that's what they were looking for. To a question about returning to Zimbabwe, a woman refugee said she did not want to go back as she feared for her life.


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