Life in Zimbabwe

In less than a generation life in Zimbabwe has gone from being a success story to one of grinding poverty for many of the population.

Health care and educational systems, once the pride of Africa, are in tatters and over half of the rural population don't even have access to a toilet, creating epidemics such as that of 2008 when 4000 died from cholera. Overall the life expectancy in Zimbabwe is now just 51.4yrs.

This video documentary explores life in Zimbabwe for children which is not only grim today, but there are few prospects for the future.

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.


Life in Zimbabwe

Life in Zimbabwe

Life in Zimbabwe

Life in Zimbabwe



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Life in Zimbabwe

With thousands of children abandoning school, becoming orphaned or simply unable to be cared for by poverty stricken parents, many find their way to cities like Harare where they, together with hundreds of other children, live on the streets.

As one commentator noted "children are now not only living on the streets, they are giving birth on the streets."

The video above explores life in Zimbabwe today and how it has become a humanitarian disaster for many living there.

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Human Development Index for Zimbawe 1980 - Present

The HDI (Human Development Index) is measured by the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) and the World Bank and is based upon the life expectancy, literacy, access to knowledge and living standards of a country.

Zimbabwe is in 172rd place out of 186 countries and territories in 2013 and the chart above shows how levels of poverty and living standards in Zimbabwe fall far short of even sub-Saharan standards.


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