FC: The Zimbabwe Crisis
1: 1. I used this photo in my project because it is a perfect example of some of the living conditions that are occurring in Zimbabwe. This photo shows a group of traveling children after their homes were destroyed by a storm. Over 800 people died because of a terrible flood that took place in 2008. 60,000 people had been evacuated and over 22,000 homes were underwater. Due to the storms, drinking conditions have worsened as well as power outrages. "Young people from Caia, Mozambiquewade through the flooded road connecting Caia to Senaas flood waters from the Zambezi River rise on Tuesday." deira, Pedro Sa Da. HARARE, Zimbabwe. Jan.-Feb. 2008. http://www.Msnbc.com. Associated Press, 1 Jan. 2008. Web. 5 Apr. 2011.
2: 2. Zimbabwe has been suffering from an inflation crisis The inflation in Zimbabwe went over 100,000% in Feb 2008 which is the highest in the world. ZImbabwe currency has gone to a low of ratio of 25 million Zimbabwe dollars to one US dollar. Xinhuanet. Currency . 11 Mar. 2008. YeinJee's Asian Blog. N.p., n.d. Web. 6 Apr. 2011.
3: A moment of torture: Zimbabwe security forces captured beating members of an opposition demonstrating in Harare. (2008) 3. Zimbabwe’s dominant state media made no reference to the planned demonstration against Mugabe. Many rights groups say they used violence and intimidation. Tensions have been running high with Mugabe’s ZANU-PF pushing for early elections that officials from the rival and governing partner MDC party have said could lead to a bloodbath. "Mugabe was forced into a power-sharing government with Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s Movement for Democratic Change after the controversial 2008 vote that led to violence and hundreds of thousands fleeing the country. Police officials — who said they would crack down on any protest" Zimbabwe. 2008. Informafrica.com. Web. 6 Apr. 2008.
4: 4. I choose this picture because Its a perfect example of the issues that are occurring in ZImbabwe. From my research I learned that Zimbabwe seemed to have their biggest downfall during the year 2008. The ZImbabwe people are fighting against not only AIDS and other diseases but just physical survival as seen in the photo above. People and families fighting for their lives, survive starvation and many other problems. Frederik, Br. Blane. Pre-election voices from Zimbabwe. Apr. 2008. Blane . N.p., n.d. Web. 2 Apr. 2011.
5: April 1, 2008 Dear Mom. This is my first letter to you! I wanted to fill you in on some of the things that are going on here in ZImbabwe, well we both know I will be here for a few more months and I must say that Its much worse than I ever could imagine. Watching and whitnessing the children and familes here is the most depressing thing i have ever seen! Did you know that the economic issues going on in Zimbabwe have gotten so horrible over the past few months that just one single American dollar is worth the same amount as a billion in ZImbabwe. The billions and billions of dollar bills are worth nothing over here. When i first came to the capital, and I was driving down the street I saw a group of what looked like extremely starved children of ages as young as four years old, working the streets holding signs and huge baskets filled with old spinach and other foods, begging me to buy them. Their family was selling what they could so that they could get a few dollars, When i gave them five dollars in American bills the one little chiled jumped for joy crying happily. I have never seen such a sad thing. Child labor is getting worse and worse it seems and I am going to make it my goal to do whatever I can to stop it. Ill check back in with you soon. XOXO Juleah.
6: 6. I choose this photo because it shows several things, frustration anger, and the economic issues thats have been occurring in Zimbabwe since 2008. In this image the woman who seems to be in anger, is holding billions of Zimbabwean dollars, which due to the economic problems are worthless. This photo was taken during a rally in Zimbabwe. "According to the United Nation's human development index Zimbabwe is the worst country to live in the world." This was based off of the heath, education and prosperity throughout ZImbabwe within the past 40 years. A women holds billions of worthless Zimbabwean notes at a rally. Richardson, Jamie. A women holds billions of worthless Zimbabwean notes at a rally. Photo Tsvangirayi Mukwazi/ Associated Press..Apr.-May 2008. INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS SEATTLE-THRU SOUTH AFRICA, ZIMBABWE & RWANDA. SEATTLE UNIVERSITY , n.d. Apr. 2011.
7: 7. I choose this photo because it shows one of the biggest problems that is occurring: Child labor. Due to the economic issues children are forced to sell their own goods in order for money for survival. Children as young as three years of age are selling goods, "This precarious way of survival involves child labor and exposes the traders to dangers raging from bad weather and disease to robbery and being run over by cars." Many children are being hit by cars or becoming infected with diseases. Kwenda, Stanley. ''Entrepreneurial spirit'': A child selling spinach. . 22 Jan. 2009. Ips news . 2011 IPS-Inter Press Service., 22 Jan. 2009. Web. 4 Apr. 2011.
8: 8. I choose this photo because it shows the continuing problems in the African country of Zimbabwe. The photo shows parents and children receiving their ration of drinking and bathing water from a Unicef water point located in Zimbabwe's capital, Harare. The President Robert Mugabe of ZImbabwe declared "There is no cholera in ZImbabwe and insisted the southern African country's health crisis is over, even as the United Nations raised the death toll from the epidemic to 783." Water from a Unicef water point in the Zimbabwean capital, Harare. water from a Unicef water point in the Zimbabwean capital, Harare. (Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi/Associated Press). 11 Dec. 2008. http://www.cbc.ca. N.p., 11 Dec. 2008. Web. 1 Apr. 2011.
9: 9. I choose this photo because it is a perfect example of the living conditions for children in Zimbabwe. The living conditions during the year of 2008 were terrible for everyone, especially children. Being able to walk into a fully stocked kitchen and grab a snack was only a dream for the children in the image above. The people of Zimbabwe survive on a meager diet of a few vegetables that the can find, along with some wild fruit and insects. Mukwazhi, Tsvangirayi. Zimbabwean children picked up corn that had spilled from a truck on a recent Sunday along a road south of the capital, Harare. 21 Dec. 2008. The New York Times. N.p., 21 Dec. 2008. Web. 6 Apr. 2011.
10: 10. I choose this image because it shows more of the living conditions of the people of Zimbabwe. This man, who is a 46 year old farmer is barley able to survive with his family in this mud hut they call a home. The family is forced to share one loaf of bread as a meal if they are lucky. This is one of thousands of half starved family's that live in Zimbabwe which was once a bountiful country is now barren. Mukwazhi, Tsvangirayi. Zimbabwean children picked up corn that had spilled from a truck on a recent Sunday along a road south of the capital, Harare. 21 Dec. 2008. The New York Times. N.p., 21 Dec. 2008. Web. 6 Apr. 2011.
11: 5. I choose the photo above because it continues to show the terrible living conditions that seem to be occurring in Zimbabwe. In the image above children are searching for food, good enough to eat in the rubbish piles around their homes. ZImbabwe has been names one of the worst places to live in, in the entire world. The country is being forced to run without currency. Without change or coins the easy task of shopping for groceries is viewed as nearly impossible. Zimbabwean children search for food in the rubbish piles. . Richardson, Jamie. Zimbabwean children search for food in the rubbish piles. . Apr.-May 2008. INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS SEATTLE-THRU SOUTH AFRICA, ZIMBABWE & RWANDA. SEATTLE UNIVERSITY , n.d. Web. 7 Apr. 2011.
12: Dear Andrew I miss you dearly, it has been two months already that I have been here and I cannot believe it. Living in ZImbabwe the past few months has been an eye opening expierence for me. I have never whitnessed such wonderful acts of kindness between familes just simply trying to survive. The land is barren and the familes are hungry, makes me miss home, and a wonderful meal. Some of the familes here are forced to share just one loaf of bread with eachother and thats it! Could you imagine? Having just one small loaf of bread to share with a family of six? The president here doesnt seem to even care let alone make any changes. The united Nations said that ZImbabwe is one of the worst places to live in in the entire world! But thats why theres people like me here, to help. Ive decided to have tons of care packages filled with food and goods. The people hear are living in mud shacks, with no beds or tables, which is not a good living condition for children expecially new born babies. I know I havent written a lot but I will write again to you soon, I love you, Juleah.
13: May 16th 2008 Dear Mom, This will be my second letter to you, Im sorry that I havent written more to you, I can only imagine how worried you must be. The violence that is happening here makes me sick to my stomach. At least 22 people have been killed, and over 900 have been treated for injuries sustained from the violence, since the elections took place. Several hundreds have been hospitalised. Hundreds of families have been forced to flee their homes after they have been burnt by gangs of “war veterans” and ZANU-PF youths. The election seems to have driven people to insanity! The violence has grown so bad that victims of attacks in rural areas are resulting to walking long distances to escape the violence and increasingly seeking refuge in towns and cities. Some schools in rural areas have been forced to close because their teachers are going on strike and are trying to avoid the violence. Watching all of this makes me so thankful for what I have. I miss you and love you Love Juleah.
14: news paper article from the Zimbabwe times, the article above shows some of the serious problems that occured during 2008. Including Abduction and beating. | Mukwazhi, Tsvangirayi. Zimbabwean children picked up corn that had spilled from a truck on a recent Sunday along a road south of the capital, Harare. 21 Dec. 2008. The New York Times. N.p., 21 Dec. 2008. Web. 6 Apr. 2011.
15: Although it could not be ascertained how much they were given for taking part in the bloody campaign, the senior officers are said to have earned a lot of money and been rewarded with subsequent promotion. During the reign of terror, between 200 and 500 MDC supporters were murdered in cold blood, while some were left with horrific injuries and thousands of others were displaced during the bloody “Operation Mavhotera Papi? (Who did you vote for?)” which also involved war veterans, soldiers and Mugabe’s youth militia.