The Harare-based Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition has moved to assist scores of fellow countrymen who failed to obtain political asylum in Britain using Malawian passports, were deported, and now are stranded in the nearby Southern African country.

Crisis Coalition members went to Malawi this week to mobilize their contacts among Malawian non-governmental organizations to help the marooned Zimbabweans.

Crisis Coalition Coordinator Jacob Mafume said that his group has taken up the issue not only on humanitarian grounds, but because it illustrates the effect that Zimbabwe?s longrunning crisis can have within the Southern African region.

The Zimbabwean NGO planned to start documenting the plight of individual refugees on Wednesday with local civil society partners.

Mafume told reporter Patience Rusere of VOA's Studio 7 for Zimbabwe that the most urgent problems now facing the deportees are humanitarian rather than legal.

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