4.16.2009

Regent Law Students and the ACLJ: Building Relationships As Zimbabwe Rebuilds

Regent Law student and ACLJ Deputy Director of Government affairs Jordan Sekulow, along with members of the ACLJ’s Special Operations Unit including law student T.J. Dolan, recently traveled to Zimbabwe to assist in renewing the United States’ relationship with Zimbabwe’s new “Unity” government.


During their visit this past March, “ACLJ Special Operations Unit: Zimbabwe” was able to meet with government leaders including Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office Gorden Moyo, Minister of Constitutional and Parliamentary Affairs Eric Matinenga, and former High Court Justice Leslie George Smith. The team also met with Church leaders such as Dr. Goodwill Shana, head of the Evangelical Fellowship of Zimbabwe and Chair of Heads of Christian Denominations, and Pastor Alexander Chisango of the Zimbabwe National Revival Initiative.

ACLJ Special Operations Unit: Zimbabwe also had the chance to help prepare lunch for AIDS orphans and widows through the ACLJ's “Be Heard” project; “Be Heard” now helps fund the orphanage at Epworth.

Zimbabwe’s new Unity government, headed by President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu-PF (Zimbabwe African National Union – Patriotic Front) and Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s MDC (Movement for Democratic Change) parties, is working to overcome substantial obstacles including an economy that has experienced a 231,000,000% inflation rate, an outbreak of cholera, a population of which an estimated 25% are infected with HIV/AIDS, food shortages, lack of clean water, and as most well-know, political unrest.