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Ten thousand special dispensation requests by Zimbabweans turned down

January 03 2011 , 1:00:00

At least ten thousand applications of undocumented Zimbabweans who applied
for special dispensation have been rejected. Acting Chief Director of
permits at the Department of Home Affairs, Jacob Mamabolo says the rejected
applications will undergo a review process before they are final.

Mr. Mamabolo added that the department has recorded a total of 2-thousand
382 people who handed over illegal documents and are subsequently applying
for amnesty. He says they have adjudicated 46-thousand applications so far
and gave an account of their current status.

Last week Friday, Home Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma assured
Zimbabweans who have applied for legal documentation that her department
will do its best to speed up the process of issuing permits.

She said, “At this moment we are still doing a consolidation of the final
numbers that came in on Friday. So the next steps are for us is to now
consolidate our adjudication process in the back office, make sure that we
issue the labels and of course we are going to look at those applications
that came in without the necessary supporting documents such as passports.
And that will actually constitute the next critical steps, until we have
answered to each one of the applications that came through our offices.”

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South Africa May Deport 1.2 Million Zimbabweans for Missing Legal Deadline

By Brian Latham and Mike Cohen - Jan 4, 2011 12:23 AM GMT+1000

South Africa may start deporting more than 1.2 million Zimbabweans in April
after they missed a deadline to legalize their residency, Lawyers For Human
Rights said.

Almost 255,000 Zimbabweans applied to legalize their residency before the
Dec. 31 deadline, South Africa’s government said while ruling out an
extension to the process. A “conservative” estimate by Johannesburg’s
University of The Witwatersrand is that there are 1.5 million Zimbabweans in
South Africa, Kaajal Ramjathan-Keogh, the head of the refugee and migrant
rights program for Lawyers for Human Rights, said.

“This leaves a very significant number of people unprotected,” she said in
an interview from Johannesburg today. After the applications have been
adjudicated by about April, deportations are likely to begin, she said,
adding that the group has lobbied unsuccessfully for the deadline to be

Zimbabweans started flooding into neighboring South Africa following the
collapse of their economy and an upsurge in political violence sparked by
President Robert Mugabe’s policies of forcibly acquiring mainly white-owned
commercial farms, which began in 2000, and a series of violent elections.

Mugabe’s Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front party has ruled the
country in coalition with the Movement for Democratic Change since February
2009 and elections are due to take place this year.

“Those who have not applied deliberately took the decision not to regularize
their status and will have to bear the consequences,” Ronnie Mamoepa, a
spokesman for the Department of Home Affairs, said today by phone from the
capital, Pretoria. “We must now adjudicate the applications.”

‘Arrest and Deportation’

Lines of as long as 2.5 kilometers (1.6 miles) formed outside some Home
Affairs offices in Johannesburg last week as Zimbabweans tried to get
registered, Business Day newspaper reported on Dec. 29.

“The Department of Home Affairs has informed us that while applications are
being processed there will be no deportations, however these persons will be
vulnerable to arrest and deportation in the near future,” Ramjathan-Keogh
said in a separate statement on Dec. 29.

Many Zimbabweans in South Africa are not eligible for residency permits
because they are unemployed or have part-time jobs, according to Braam
Hanekom, director of People Against Suffering, Suppression, Oppression and
Poverty, an organization that aims to assist immigrants.

Job Competition

The presence of foreign migrants has sparked resentment among South Africa’s
poor who view them as competitors for jobs and housing. Xenophobic violence
in May 2008 claimed more than 60 lives and drove thousands from their homes.

South Africa’s government in September rescinded an April 2009 decision not
to deport illegal Zimbabwean immigrants and gave them until the end of the
year to request work or business permits, student visas or refugee status.
Applicants had to show proof that they had applied for a Zimbabwean

“The Zimbabwean authorities have been very slow to cooperate,” Hanekom said
by phone today from Cape Town. “None of the Zimbabweans down here in South
Africa are likely to vote for Mugabe, so denying them passports” is in his

The Zimbabwean government rejected an offer of a passport- making machine
that would have helped produce the documentation, said Theresa Makone,
Zimbabwe’s joint home affairs minister and a member of the MDC.

Chased, Killed

“It is regrettable that the offer was turned down by the registrar general’s
office,” she said today in telephone interview from Harare, the capital.
“They cited security concerns, but what those concerns are requires further

Tobias Mudede, Zimbabwe’s registrar general, did not answer three calls to
his office in Harare. Zimbabwean human rights organizations Sokwanele and
the Zimbabwe Election Support Network have accused Mudede of bias toward
Mugabe’s party.

“The situation is desperate,” said Nixon Kaseke, who sells Zimbabwean art
along South Africa’s east coast with his brother Brezhnev. “We have no
papers for South Africa, but business here supports our families back home,
where there is no business and no tourists to buy art.”

The brothers, who operate from the back of a pickup truck outside shopping
malls, plan to remain in South Africa until they are deported.

With South Africa’s current unemployment rate at 25.3 percent, the highest
of 62 countries tracked by Bloomberg, the continued presence of illegal
migrants may spell more unrest.

“There is no work here, why should we welcome foreigners?” Siyabonga
Tshabeni, a part-time gardener in Scottburgh, 80 kilometers (50 miles) south
of the eastern port city of Durban, said in an interview today. “If the
government doesn’t chase them way, we will chase them away and some will be

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Cholera outbreak confirmed in Harare suburb

Jan 3, 2011, 10:32 GMT

Harare - Authorities in Zimbabwe on Monday confirmed an outbreak of cholera
in Mbare, one of Harare's oldest suburbs, with at least 20 households having
reportedly been affected.

The report comes amid fears that the disease may be spreading again across
the poverty-stricken country.

Portia Munangazira, a doctor and director in Zimbabwe's Ministry of Health,
told the German Press Agency dpa Monday that Harare was still struggling to
eradicate the pandemic, which claimed over 4,000 lives and affected
thousands more nationwide in 2008.

'We leant a lot from the experience of 2008/2009, but we can't stop it
(cholera). We still have determinants of cholera,' she said.

She noted ongoing problems with water quality and lack of proper waste
disposal. A particular problem is sewage flowing into wells for drinking
water. Munangazira said it is certain that the sewage is carrying cholera.

'We are worried that there is an outbreak both in urban and rural areas,'
she said.

Residents in Mbare have told dpa that problems with the sewer system have
resulted in raw sewage contaminating drinking water.

Last year Zimbabwe recorded 14 deaths due to cholera.

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Zimbabwe poll delay proposal gets backing

Posted Monday, January 3 2011 at 19:10

HARARE, Monday

Zimbabweans today expressed relief over indications that elections will most
likely be deferred to the latter part of the year.

State media reported at the weekend that the postponement of the elections
would be necessitated by outstanding work on the crafting of a new
constitution, which will most likely be completed after June.

Citing unnamed sources, The Sunday Mail said “intervening complications” in
the implementation of the power-sharing Global Political Agreement (GPA) by
the three parties in the inclusive government would also stall the holding
of national elections.

“Talk of elections has been unsettling me.

‘‘The wounds inflicted on many people during and after the elections in 2008
are still to heal, and I feared a resurgence of violence if the elections
were held any time soon,” said Mr Christopher Mandizha.

Several other people expressed the same sentiments, echoing calls by the
business community and other civic organizations who have since called for a
postponement of the elections until conditions allow.

Zanu-PF leader, President Robert Mugabe, had at the end of 2010 said that
the elections should be held by June at the latest.

Mugabe, who is in a shaky coalition with leaders of two MDC factions Prime
Minister Morgan Tsvangirai and Deputy Prime Minister Arthur Mutambara, is
getting increasingly disenchanted with the coalition which he says is not
pulling together.

According to the GPA, the inclusive government’s life is supposed to end in
February to pave way for fresh elections. (Xinhua)

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Mutambara faces demotion to Industry and Trade Ministry

02 January, 2011 07:05:00    NDUDUZO TSHUMA | BULAWAYO

MDC-M leader, Deputy Prime Minister Arthur Mutambara, could be demoted to
the Ministry of Industry and Trade should the party’s congress elevate
Welshman Ncube to the position of party president, well-placed party sources
said Sunday.

The MDC-M will hold its congress in Harare at the weekend where 5 000
delegates are expected to attend.

Speculation is rife within the party that if Ncube, who looks almost certain
to ascend to the helm of MDC-M, is elevated to party president, Mutambara
would be redeployed to fill Ncube’s former post in government as Minister of
Industry and Trade.

The party’s national spokesperson Edwin Mushoriwa would yesterday neither
confirm nor deny the assertion, saying the power to effect such changes in
the party was in the hands of the standing committee which would be elected
after the party’s congress.

“The committee will do everything relating to human resources movement,” he

Mushoriwa dismissed as baseless sentiments by constitutional expert Lovemore
Madhuku that only President Robert Mugabe could remove Mutambara from the
post of Deputy Prime Minister.

“The Global Political Agreement stipulates that one of the Deputy Prime
Ministers and a certain number of ministers should come from MDC (M),” said

“Legally, any changes can be done but right now we do not want to do the job
of the standing committee before it is even elected.”

Party insiders Sunday told NewsDay Mutambara was most likely to be moved to
Ncube’s portfolio.

“It only makes sense for Mutambara to take over Ncube’s old position. In any
case he will be more qualified to run that ministry,” said a party source
speaking on condition of anonymity.

“The GPA states that Robert Mugabe shall be President and Morgan Tsvangirai
Prime Minister and goes on to say the two MDC formations will provide a
Deputy Prime Minister each without mentioning names. Technically this means
that Mutambara can be recalled as DPM.”

Another party source said Mutambara’s redeployment would depend on his ego.

“It remains to be seen if he will agree to change from a DPM to a minister,”
the source said.

“However, in the event that Ncube is elevated to the presidency, the most
logical thing is that he should be DPM. It does not make sense that the
party’s most senior person holds an inferior position to someone who has
lost support of the party members.”

“After the congress, names will be forwarded to President Mugabe for the
changes to be effected. So when he (President Mugabe) comes from his annual
leave, chances are high that he will be swearing in a new DPM and

The robotics professor, who switched academics for politics, said a
fortnight ago that he would not stand for the party presidency or any other
post at the congress where fireworks were imminent.

Mutambara was invited by party secretary-general Welshman Ncube to lead
MDC-M in February 2006 following the split of the MDC in 2005 over
participation in that year’s Senate election called by Zanu PF.

The DPM, widely viewed in political circles as a bundle of confusion, said
the congress had caused divisions in his party, but hoped his withdrawal
from the race would lead to unity.

Mutambara was a student activist between 1988 and 1989, leading
anti-government protests at the University of Zimbabwe which led to his
arrest and imprisonment.

His critics have, however, accused him of being President Mugabe’s praise
singer, one of the reasons why his popularity has nosedived.

Ncube was Sunday quoted in the media as saying Mutambara would not be
recalled. He however said in the same report the party’s standing committee
had the powers to make such decisions. - NewsDay

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Mutambara’s fate to be decided by party’s new standing committee

By Tichaona Sibanda
3 January 2011

Deputy Prime Minister Arthur Mutambara’s position in government will only be
decided by a new standing committee that will be elected into office during
the party’s congress on Saturday.
Professor Welshman Ncube, the MDC-M Secretary-General told SW Radio Africa
on Monday the deployment of party cadres in government is a matter which is
determined by the standing committee.

The MDC-M will be holding their congress in Harare starting on Saturday.
Already, Mutambara has indicated he will not be seeking re-election for the
party presidency, almost clearing the way for Ncube to take over the hot

Eleven of the party’s 12 provinces have completed their nominations and
Ncube has secured nominations from all the provinces except Masvingo
province, which still favours Mutambara to remain at the helm of the party.

“I do not know who exactly will be in that (standing) committee but by the
end of the congress on Saturday we will be in a better position to know. My
personal view however is that the team in government from my party has done
exceptionally well compared to other parties that have over a dozen
ministers,” Ncube said.

Ncube, the powerbroker in the MDC-M and who is heavily tipped to take over
the party presidency from Mutambara, said it might not be necessary to
redeploy people.
“Whether or not to retain Mutambara in government will not be my decision.
It will be a collective decision by the new standing committee,” he added.

The Secretary-General told us one thing that is going to change after the
congress is the style in which the party is to be run by the new leaders.
Ncube said he doesn’t envisage a scene where there would be fundamental
changes in policies and direction of the party.
“In respect of style there would be change there,” he said, adding that
there is always a possibility of an alliance with other parties to stand a
chance of dislodging ZANU PF from power.

“It is the nature of politics to be in an alliance to enhance the chances of
winning an election but we will not go out of our way to devote time seeking
alliances,” Ncube said.
He explained that he was hurt when in 2008 he devoted much of time to seek
an alliance with the MDC-T, only to be snubbed at the last minute. He said
he would not make that same mistake again.

“Our fingers got burnt when we tried it two years ago so we want to spend
our energy this time on building our party and refocusing on what needs to
be done to move forward. But if an alliance comes, all the better,” Ncube

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Financial Mismanagement Allegations Rock Lupane University

03/01/2011 13:29:00

Bulawayo, January 03, 2011 - The new state owned Lupane University in
Matabeleland North has been rocked by reports of financial mismanagement and
abuse of authority which has slowed down construction progress at the
institution, workers have alleged.

Workers who spoke to Radio VOP accused the University’s Acting
Vice –Chancellor, Maclean Bhala of working in cahoorts with the University’s
deputy bursar Smile Sibanda, acting registrar Cecilia Makoni and acting
director of
works and physical planning, HB Ndlovu, to divert university funds including
US$1 million which the workers alleged was invested on the money market
without the approval of both the government and the university council.

The government in June last year gave Lupane State University US$1, 5
million and the money was supposed to be used for construction purposes at
the university site in Lupane.

"There is no transparency over interest accrued on this investment and this
is evidence of naked corruption and mismanagement of funds,” alleged a
lecturer at the institute.

The disgruntled workers also accused the acting –vice chancellor and the
deputy bursar of failing to pay workers their bonuses together with their
last year’s November salaries when the funds were readily available.

“They took workers' bonuses without their consent and invested it. This is
proof of their corrupt tendencies because it is illegal for them to invest
workers bonuses without their consent," said a lecturer who would not want
to be named.

The bonuses were only paid out on in mid December "after immense pressure
from the workers committee".

The workers said the university had slashed allowances for workers at a time
when senior management was buying expensive office furniture.

The University’s Information and Public relations officer, Zwelithini
Dlamini dismissed the allegations as malicious, inflammatory and

Dlamini said although retention allowances should be paid monthly, funds
were not permitting and as a result the allowances were only paid when the
money was available.

He also rubbished claims that the acting vice –chancellor authorised the
investment of university money on the money market.

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Revised "Jerusalem Agreement" on Zimbabwe Diamonds Sent to KP Members

03.01.11, 09:31 / World

In a last-ditch attempt to bring Kimberley Process member nations to a
consensus on Zimbabwe's diamonds, outgoing KP Chair Boaz Hirsch has sent out
a revised draft of the Jerusalem Agreement that was drafted in Brussels in
late November.

In a cover letter sent out with the revised version of the agreement, Hirsch
wrote that he considers the draft his last effort as KP chairman to "bring
the issue of exports of rough diamonds from [the Marange diamond fields] to
a successful close."

Hirsch reminded members that by resolving the issue of Zimbabwe's diamonds,
KP members would demonstrate that they are unwilling to let differences
"undermine" the KP's "notable success" in eliminating trade in conflict

The revised agreement features an amendment to the "violence clause," which
had garnered objections from Zimbabwe. The revised clause now states that
the KP Working Group on Monitoring (WGM) can accept reports on serious
breaches of the Joint Work Plan commitments from any three members, rather
than from any two.

All KP members have been asked to submit their positions on the revised
agreement by January 10. In a cover letter sent with the revised draft,
Hirsch said he had coordinated with incoming KP Chair Mathieu Yamba of the
Democratic Republic of Congo to receive correspondence sent to the Israeli
e-mail address between January 1 and January 10.

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SA geared up for second stint on Security Council

January 03 2011 ,

Sherwin Bryce-Pease, New York

South Africa's Permanent Representative to the United Nations says he is
geared up for the country's second stint on the Security Council. South
Africa officially became a member of the council on January 1st. Ambassador
Baso Sangqu says they have learnt important lessons from their first term,
with Africa likely to dominate the council's agenda forthwith.

Sangqu  will lead South Africa's charge on the council and after a difficult
first term with controversial votes on Zimbabwe and Myanmar, at times
attracting the ire of some nations, he hopes to articulate their positions

Sangqu said: "The issue of communication,:we believe we didn't do as much as
we could in terms of ensuring that we communicate much better, much  faster,
with the South African public and I believe that we've learned..... we have
been already preparing to increase our capacity as far as that is

With the African Union endorsing her candidacy and subsequent election to
the Council, SA represents not only country interests but  the interests of
the continent as well. Sudan's referendum, possible elections in Zimbabwe,
and peace in Somalia are likely to feature prominently, while the situation
in Ivory Coast continues to deteriorate.

"Ivory Coast will very much be the issue that we would have to deal with, -
as you know there is a stand off now with regards to who is the leader, but
we are comforted by the fact that Ecowas is taking a lead on this matter,
and Ecowas leadership is engaged in mediation efforts and we believe these
should yield positive results sooner rather than later," Sangqu added.

As a council member, South Africa now has to lead from the front on such

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The tragedy of African brotherhood

03/01/2011 00:00:00
    by Edmore Munongo

Several brotherhood associations have occurred throughout the history of
mankind and some have even arisen to cultist levels. All this has occurred
as a result of the strong human belief that your brother is the closest
person to your natural existence.

In the environment that I grew up in at the University of Zimbabwe,
brotherhood defined a relationship where you can share virtually
everything -- and I mean everything. For fear of being labeled as a
feminist, the reference to the word brotherhood in this article will also
refer to sisterhood.

Some of the most known brotherhoods include the Catholic Marist Brotherhood
which left a mark in the education systems in our country. Remember the ever
popular Marist brothers of Nyanga and the infallible Marist brothers of
Kutama. And even the great Gokomere High School is a product of this mighty

The African American blood brotherhood epitomises a different level of
brotherhood. This is a brotherhood which led to the union called the
Crusader whose purpose was to assert the rights of the African Americans and
defend them against lynching and racist attacks.

After Ghana got its independence in 1957, its leader Kwame Nkrumah became a
champion of African brotherhood. He preached the gospel of neocolonialism
and to his intelligence was born the Organisation of African Unity, now the
African Union.

Neo-colonialism, according to Nkhrumah, was that concept where the former
colonial masters were now putting on a different jacket of aid  and  this
was supposed to be reciprocated with ‘democracy and the rule of law’ in
those countries that had to receive the aid. This is the concept that
brought the Britton Woods institutions like the IMF and the World Bank.

Nkrumah’s African brotherhood dream has become a ‘see no evil hear no evil’
organisation when the other brother’s actions are at question. The biggest
victims of the brotherhood have been those people of Africa who are in the
troubled areas.

When Kenya had its problems after the elections and many were killed, the
African Union that Nkrumah gave birth to could not say anything for fear of
offending the African brother. This marked a tragedy of the African
brotherhood. Here we had a brotherhood of the few who are in a position of
authority, who use their close network to protect each other in the name of
guarding against neocolonialism.

When Zimbabwe went through the same process, the African Union had to go
against the report of their observer team which was led by the former
Nigerian General Babangida. The General declared that the elections were not
free and fair. But for fear of offending their fellow brother who was under
siege, Babangida was accused of being influenced by Tony Blair. At the end
of the day, the people of Zimbabwe suffered.

The economy was put under sanctions and hundreds of thousands were driven
into the diaspora where they have to live as second class citizens. They had
to be hosted by other African brothers who view them as a cowardly bunch
that failed to rise against their own leadership. But, what can the ordinary
people do to break such a powerful brotherhood?

Thabo Mbeki, the recalled former President of South Africa, will be noted in
history for his commitment to the legacy of the African brotherhood. This he
confirmed when he first delivered his famous ‘I am an African’ speech to the
South African Parliament when he was still Deputy President. On May 18,
1996, Mbeki delivered what others have called the best speech of his life.
Part of the speech reads:

‘My mind and my knowledge of myself is formed by the victories that are the
jewels in our African crown, the victories we earned from Isandhlwana to
Khartoum, as Ethiopians and as the Ashanti of Ghana, as the Berbers of the

I have seen our country torn asunder as … my people, engaged one another in
a titanic battle, the one redress a wrong that had been caused by one to
another and the other, to defend the indefensible. I have seen what happens
when one person has superiority of force over another, when the stronger
appropriate to themselves the prerogative even to annul the injunction that
God created all men and women in His image.’

One wonders if ‘The African’ really remembered these great words when he
said there was no crisis in Zimbabwe. After being tasked by fellow brothers
to help the fellow Africans at the crossroads, Mbeki went to Harare. The one
time Jewel of Africa and bread basket of SADC was reeling under inflation of
more than one billion, and the currency was worthless.

Supermarkets which used to be awash with food and clothes were selling
firewood. Still he came out and said there was no crisis in Zimbabwe. How
exactly does this man define a crisis? Probably to him a crisis was only
going to be an earthquake or a volcanic eruption with lava flowing through
the streets of the once great City of Harare.
All this was done to try and protect the African brother whose survival was
under threat.

The same Mbeki was sent by the group of African brothers to Sudan to help
the suffering people of Darfur, and to the amazement of those who are being
woken up by the sounds of machine guns every day; those whose relative walk
through the land mines day and night and those whose permanent homes have
become the refugee tents; the man said there was no war in Sudan. Do we have
to sink so low to defend our brothers? How do we define our brothers?

African Brotherhood is a betrayal like the Ibgo community that betrayed
Okonko the hero of the greatest African novel written by Chinua Achebe.
According to Achebe, when Oconto took the first step to fight for his
fatherland, he looked around and from the responses of his fellow
countrymen, he realised they were not going to war, and he went away to
commit suicide. This was betrayal and the climax of a tragedy.

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Unsung Heroes

There are many unsung heroes in Zimbabwe, and one of those very
special people is Matron Mary Winifred Brewster who was on  Thursday
awarded an MBE!

In Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth's New Year's Honours List, (Diplomatic
Service and Overseas) Mary Brewster was bestowed as  a Member of the
British Empire for services to the sick and the elderly in Zimbabwe.

Mary Brewster was born in Yorkshire and came to Rhodesia in 1049 as an
SRN, and her first posting was Enkeldoorn (Now  called Chivu) She
arrived on the train from Cape Town and then went by Donkey cart to
Enkeldoorn accompanied, on his  bicycle, by the Rev Shearly Cripps a
most famous Rhodesian character.

Matron worked in Chipinga (now Chipinge), and Shabani (now Zvishavane)
She was the Matron in Charge at Bulawayo Central Hospital from 1977 to
1983 when she retired.
She came back into service in 1988 to Edith Duly Nursing Home in
Bulawayo where she was the Nursing Matron and in charge  of the Home.

Edith Duly Nursing Home is a geriatric Nursing Home in Bulawayo, the
only one in Matabeleland. The home is now taking in  many patients
from other institutions which have been forced to close due to the
economic climate in Zimbabwe.

They now take in Downs patients, Alzheimers, the terminally ill, the
mentally ill and many patients who cannot be cared  for elsewhere. The
Home has beds for 76 of which at least half are occupied by the the
less fortunate.

Matron has worked tirelessly for her fellow man for 61 years and
retired from the nursing Home in 2010 aged 84 !
She was at the Home by sunrise and left at sunset, her every
Christmas, Easter, Sunday and Saturday was the Home as well  as the
working days in between.

Thank you Matron Brewster and congratulations from us all in Zimbabwe.

It's not enough to have lived. We should be determined to live for
something. May I suggest that it be creating joy for  others, sharing
what we have for the betterment of personkind, bringing hope to the
lost and love to the lonely. --Leo  Buscaglia

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