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Zimbabwe: No chance to live: Newborn deaths at Hopley settlement, Zimbabwe

, Index number: AFR 46/018/2010

The lives of pregnant women and their babies in Hopley settlement are in danger because of the Zimbabwean government's failure to ensure access to adequate housing and essential services, including health care. Conditions at Hopley are dire: most people live in overcrowded makeshift shelters and few have access to safe water. There is no maternal and newborn health care available within the community. The majority of the 5,000 inhabitants of Hopley were forcibly evicted from their homes by the authorities in 2005.

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