UN in warning over Zimbabwe shelter crisis

ZIMBABWE will need decades to build new shelter for the estimated 700,000 people left homeless by President Robert Mugabe's slum-destruction campaign, the United Nations' humanitarian chief said.

The government has torn down tents erected by UN workers and doesn't want any more built, relief co-ordinator Jan Egeland said soon after returning from a trip to Zimbabwe.

"They believe that tents give the impression that there is a crisis in the country," Mr Egeland said.

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