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February 11th, 2009
Underground Zimbabwe
Life Lines

Once considered the “breadbasket of Africa,” Zimbabwe is now struggling to feed its population. It is estimated that nearly half of Zimbabwe’s 11 million people are teetering on the brink of starvation. Supplies of basic commodities such as flour, milk, cooking oil and water are running desperately low — and are increasingly impossible to afford. In Bulawayo, Zimbabwe’s second largest city, this has resulted in empty grocery store shelves — and a thriving, illegal black market. In Zimbabwe’s Life Lines, we witness the shortages of food and water firsthand and meet a young man who survives by working on the black market.

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