Initiate regional (SADC) response to COVID-19 & Stop Beitbridge humanitarian crisis

Initiate regional (SADC) response to COVID-19 & Stop Beitbridge humanitarian crisis

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Maria Jose started this petition to SADC Secretariat and

There is a humanitarian crisis unfolding in Southern Africa. As a result of uncoordinated response to the pandemic and countries acting individually and not collectively, crises such as the one at Beitbridge Border will arise. Thousands of people are sleeping outside and in unsanitary conditions, seeding a massive cluster for COVID19 which is likely to spread into the region potentially resulting in many more deaths. The crisis is exacerbated by the unresolved political, economic and social crisis in Zimbabwe which has been ongoing for 20 years and is leading to unprecedented legal and illegal migration into other countries, with clear negative impacts on those countries.

We call upon SADC, SADC citizens, the AU and UN agencies to

- support a strong and urgent regional response to COVID-19 (including clear co-ordination of lockdowns, pooled procurement of vaccines and other life saving health products)

- intervene in ensuring that the Beitbridge Border migration processes are finalized quickly, legally and humanely, and humanitarian assistance offered

- that the long-standing Zimbabwe crisis is resolved to restore stability to the region.

It should be noted that in light of the pandemic, no-one is safe until every-one is safe

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