August 16, 2001 |
Violence that has been raging for a week throughout a rich agricultural district of northwestern Zimbabwe eased Wednesday as regional leaders offered to intervene and police moved against militants who had ransacked dozens of white-owned properties. But tension remained high in white farming communities, and about 100 families who had been evacuated from their homes last weekend were still unable to return.
April 1, 1985 |
In the midst of drought and famine devastating much of Africa, Zimbabwe has managed to feed its 8.7 million people through three difficult years, and in this terrible drought year there is even food to export. But industrial development has all but stalled in this southern African nation--under the impact both of the natural disaster and as a result of Zimbabwe's own economic mistakes. Long-term growth could be further jeopardized by political instability.
September 3, 2007 |
Kuda Shumba goes at one speed: fast. He prides himself on being able to get hold of almost anything, and he's open for business day or night. That's what it takes to be one of Zimbabwe's black-market cowboys. Shumba spends his days on a motorbike sniffing out almost- impossible-to-find items such as sugar, cooking oil, bread, margarine or cellphone SIM cards, risking years in a dank prison if caught. His markup: 500%-plus. His cellphone is his lifeline.
December 18, 1987 |
Seven summers ago a black Marxist prime minister, Robert Mugabe, took up residence in Government House, a victor after 15 years of barbaric civil war. Each day since has been a day of amazing grace for the shrinking white minority, now numbering barely 100,000 out of a population of more than 8 million. Politically and militarily they are impotent. Psychologically, many remain disoriented and confused by their loss of power.