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The Price of a Bride

The Price of a Bride

Roora (bride-price or dowry) is an old custom where a groom pays in order to marry the bride. The payment made to the bride’s family is meant to signify gratitude towards the bride’s family for raising her and a smaller portion of it is to help the bride set up house. It is a process […]

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Sanctions Against Zimbabwe

Over the years, a number of countries world wide have been placing sanctions on Zimbabwe. These sanctions have been mainly targeted towards members of the Mugabe regime. Countries imposing sanctions include the United States, Britain, the EU, Australia and New Zealand just to name a few. Sanctions include travel bans, financial sanctions and a ban […]

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The Fifth Brigade and Gukurahundi Massacres

The Fifth Brigade and Gukurahundi Massacres

Gukurahundi which means ‘the early rain which washes away the chaff before the spring rains’ is what Mugabe chose to call a military operation to combat civil unrest. In 1980 signed an agreement with North Korean President Kim Il Sung to have the North Korean Military train a brigade for the Zimbabwean Army. This brigade […]

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Robert Gabriel Mugabe

Robert Gabriel Mugabe

Born on the 21st of February 1924, Robert Gabriel Mugabe has ruled Zimbabwe for nearly three decades. He played a key role in Zimbabwe’s independence struggle and bringing an end to British colonial rule. He came into power in 1980 as the prime minister of a newly formed Zimbabwe whose independence was internationally recognized on […]

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Zimbabwe’s Economy – Black Friday

US $1 is now worth ZW $2,000,000 on the black market. Inflation is said to be around 15,000% (independent analysts put it much higher). Is it all a result of Mugabe’s mismanagement and controversial policies? Mugabe recently said that Zimbabwe’s economy would not collapse. What marks the collapse of an economy? The economy has been […]

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The Passport That Takes You Nowhere

The Passport That Takes You Nowhere

In Zimbabwe’s early years travel was so easy for a number of her citizens. Getting together all the necessary items to take your family on holiday was not a difficult task. Applying for a getting a passport if you didn’t have one was simple. Getting money for travel, accommodation and spending was not a problem […]

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