The facts speak for themselves. 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
Much of this poverty can be attributed to the change from large
scale farm production which provided a surplus for overseas
sales to the land grab
which in handing over white held land to the local population
many of whom had neither the skills nor the knowledge to
successfully maintain it. As a result commercial farming and
food production was severely damaged.
The educational system is summed up by events in 2008 when
the entire academic year was cancelled after O level pass rates
dropped from a 72% to just 11% overall, with some schools
recording zero passes. After teachers went on strike, six were
allegedly murdered and thousands more assaulted by Zanu PF
supporters claiming the teachers were in league with the then
opposition Movement for Democratic Change party.