Poverty ravages Zimbabwe, Christian students report
Power-sharing government brings scant relief
May 04, 2010
Poverty is so bad in Zimbabwe that students sometimes resort to prostitution to survive, says a new report by women in the country’s Student Christian Movement. A power-sharing government of Zimbabwe’s two main political parties and a small splinter group in 2009 brought scant relief for young people who battle to survive economically, Christian students have documented in a booklet.
President Robert Mugabe has ruled Zimbabwe since 1980, but his ruling ZANU-PF party lost parliamentary elections in 2008 to Morgan Tsvangirai’s Movement for Democratic Change. Mugabe also lost the first round of a presidential poll, but later convincingly won a second-round presidential election after Tsvangirai refused to take part due to intimidation of his supporters.