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More White Farms Looted, Group Says

January 13, 2002|From Times Wire Reports

Government-backed militants embarked on a new looting campaign of white-owned farms this month, forcing 23 landowners from their homes, a Zimbabwean farmers organization said.

One farmer was given five minutes to vacate his property, and another had to barricade himself inside his house, said Jenni Williams, a spokeswoman for the Commercial Farmers' Union.

Most of the reported incidents were in the Raffingora area, north of the capital, Harare, not far from a camp where opposition politicians say the ruling party is training unemployed youths as militias.

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