Following the MDC's announcement that it will join a government of national unity, The Elders call on all Zimbabweans to unite to end the terrible suffering in their country, and urge international donors to support this development.
One month after being refused entry to Zimbabwe, The Elders release a detailed report expressing concern about the continuing deterioration of the humanitarian situation, ongoing human rights violations and the inability of the current government to relieve the suffering of their people.
The Elders present the results of their 3-day assessment of Zimbabwe's humanitarian situation and recommend the formation of a truly inclusive government, as well as international donor support, to tackle the crisis.
The Elders cancel their trip to Harare, where they had planned to listen to ordinary Zimbabweans and assess the extent of the country's humanitarian needs, after the government of Zimbabwe refused to cooperate in any way to make the visit possible.
The Elders urge the African Union to acknowledge that Zimbabwe's elections were neither free nor fair. The crisis in Zimbabwe requires leadership, wisdom and moral courage that the African Union can provide.
Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Kofi Annan, Lakhdar Brahimi and Graça Machel join their fellow African civil society leaders to urge an end to violence and intimidation in Zimbabwe ahead of the presidential run-off elections.