Church: American medical team hopes to be released in Zimbabwe

Five Americans — two of them doctors — who treat AIDS patients are expected to appear Monday before a magistrate in Harare, Zimbabwe, on allegations of operating an unlicensed clinic and dispensing medicines without a pharmacist’s supervision.

An Oakland, California, church that sent four of the Americans on the mission trip believes “there’s been some kind of miscommunication” and is hopeful they will be released Monday and allowed to return home.

The doctors and nurses were sent to provide care in the capital of Harare and at the Mother of Peace Orphanage in the town of Mutoko. They were reportedly taken into custody along with a Zimbabwean doctor on Thursday

“We’ve always had a good relationship with authorities and people,” said the Rev. Theophous Reagans, minister of global missions at Allen Temple Baptist Church in Oakland.

The group was being held Sunday in a Harare jail, Reagans said. “People [in the area] indicated they are in good spirits” and have food and water, he said.

The state-run newspaper,The Herald, quoted Detective Inspector Augustine Zimbili as confirming Thursday’s arrests. Read the full story: CNN


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