Zim children cross into SA alone

As Zimbabwe’s cholera crisis continues, Eyewitness News has learnt that children,as young as seven are...

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As <?xml:namespace prefix="st1" ns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags"?><country-region w:st="on">Zimbabwe</country-region>’s cholera crisis continues, Eyewitness News has learnt that children,as young as seven are crossing the border into <country-region w:st="on"><place w:st="on">South Africa</country-region>, unaccompanied by adults.

As many as 100 of these children are taking refuge at the Central <placename w:st="on">Methodist<placetype w:st="on">Church in downtown <place w:st="on"><city w:st="on">Johannesburg.

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The church’s custodian Paul Verryn told Eyewitness News of the plight of a seven-year-old who arrived at the church recently.

“When you see a seven-year-old little boy who is so bewildered, that he just doesn’t… he’s now got to make a decisions."

He said the matter needed to be addressed as a matter of urgency.

"At every opportunity that I have, I would ask people if there was a building it would certainly ease a little bit," said Verryn.

Children who have parents at the church are housed in a separate hall, but space and resources are diminishing at a rapid pace.