Zimbabwe, once one of the most prosperous nations in Africa, now holder of a new record, the highest inflation rate in the world, officially an almost unimaginable 10,000%, in reality, much higher! The economy is crippled and everyday life is hell for Zimbabweans. But the world has seen precious little of this daily battle for survival as the notorious Robert Mugabe has muzzled all media coverage. But not Datelines own Ginny Stein. At considerable personal risk, it has to be said, Ginny got in, armed with a secret camera.
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REPORTER: What have you got today?
SHOPKEEPER: Ah, today there is nothing.
REPORTER: He's just saying nothing, nothing has come in today.
SHOPKEEPER: Nothing, nothing, there is only these rolls, these bread rolls.
These bread rolls are amongst the few baked today. So few, they never even make it to the shelves inside the store.
REPORTER: When was the last time you had bread?
SHOPKEEPER: I think a month ago.
'TONY': There is no water, no mealie-meal, nothing, just nothing. Children are going to school but they're not learning because teachers are just sitting, they cannot teach from empty stomach. Children are just hungry, everyone is hungry. We are totally angry but definitely there is nothing we can do beyond this. Our government is a monster. We cannot get meat anymore, there is no meat in this country.
Tony invites me home to meet his family but the children aren't all his. With almost a quarter of the population having left the country in search of work, and a high death toll due to HIV/AIDS, almost everyone in Zimbabwe is raising someone else's children.
TONY: This young baby needs all types of good stuffs like milk and almost everything but she's getting nothing. We feed this child with this vegetable, we are using it, which is incredible.