Zimbabwe Profile

There is a great tragedy about Zimbabwe, and the name of that tragedy is both Robert Mugabe and the United Kingdom who arrived there in the 1880s under the auspices of the British South Africa Company, a company that did not respect the land and its people, but who saw the area as a mere trading opportunity. The history of Rhodesia then Zimbabwe has been well documented elsewhere including a declaration of independence by Ian Smith leading to a civil war that led to the rise of Robert Mugabe and a disastrous decline in the country's wealth and wellbeing coupled with near universal condemnation of how the country is run.

Traditionally, being a land locked country, Zimbabwe had a strong agricultural sector, however, Mugabe's damaging land reform program, where land was seized from white farmers and given to black farmers who did not have the skills to farm their new lands, together with a multi million dollar foray into the war in the Democratic Republic of Congo, shattered the economy, with Zimbabwe going broke with a reliance on food imports.

Food it could not afford to import given the economic collapse and spirally hyper inflation.

Today around 46% of Zimbabwe's reported population of 13 million are under the age of 18 years (1.6 million of these children are orphans), and literacy rates amongst these young people have plummeted from 80 to just 20% in recent years as family's simply cannot afford the school fees. And for those who can afford to send their children to school, they face class sizes in excess of sixty pupils given a severe shortage of teachers.

Many Zimbabwe children, facing a bleak future, even with the uneasy alliance between Mugabe and Morgan Tsvangirai the opposition leader, have voted with their feet and attempt to flee the country across the dangerous Limpopo river where exploitation awaits.

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Zimbabwe Profile

Zimbabwe Profile

Zimbabwe Profile

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Zimbabwe History

Zimbabwe History

A video documentary about the history of Zimbabwe from ancient to modern times.
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Life in Zimbabwe

A video documentary about daily life for children in modern day Zimbabwe.

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Zimbabwe Profile

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Zimbabwe in 172nd place out of 186 countries and territories in 2013 when ranked in terms of life expectancy, literacy, access to knowledge and the living standards of a country with a life expectancy of just 51.4yrs.

Zimbabwe has the highest proportion of AIDS orphans than any other country on the planet (overall one in five children in Zimbabwe is an orphan) together with the highest child mortality rate, unemployment is around 80% and 75% of the population live in extreme poverty with many not eating from day to day. Much of this poverty is in the south-eastern provinces of Manicaland and Masvingo, which are among the driest and least productive areas in the country.

 
 


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