Hunger strike started to demand change in Zimbabwe

Published on 21 January 2009

Activists launched a hunger strike Wednesday to demand faster political change in Zimbabwe and urge African leaders to isolate the country's president, Robert Mugabe, who is accused of overseeing its political and economic collapse. The South African and Zimbabwean activists also hope thousands in the region will join them in a series of fasts over the next three months. Mugabe and opposition factions ended 12 hours of talks Tuesday with no progress on a power-sharing deal signed last year. [...] The political standoff has kept Zimbabwe's leaders from addressing their country's economic collapse, which has led to a cholera epidemic and left millions of Zimbabweans depending on international food aid.

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