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Playlist: Zimbabwe

Compiled By: Eva Breneman

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RN Documentary: Searching for Fuel and Other Tales from Zimbabwe

From Radio Netherlands Worldwide | Part of the RN Focus on Zimbabwe in Crisis series | 29:11

The political and economic crisis in Zimbabwe is making life for ordinary people impossible.

Resizeofzimbabweericbauchemin20401_small Zimbabwe's political and economic crisis has left 80% of the population unemployed. Inflation has decimated the middle class. Food is now so expensive that many families can only eat once a day, if they're lucky. Petrol or gasoline is only available on the black market, and public transport is now too expensive for most people. Cash too is in short supply, and Zimbabweans have to queue for up to four days to withdraw the equivalent of US$1. The sheer drudgery of life is causing many middle class Zimbabweans to despair.

RN Documentary: Under Siege - God's men in Zimbabwe

From Radio Netherlands Worldwide | Part of the RN Focus on Zimbabwe in Crisis series | 29:19

Religious leaders who criticize the government are facing growing repression.

Zimbabweericbauchemin2084_small More and more religious leaders and ordinary priests and ministers in Zimbabwe are criticising President Robert Mugabe and his ruling ZANU-PF party. They're echoing the discontent and anger of many ordinary Zimbabweans. The government is harassing, beating, torturing and murdering people who belong to the opposition Movement for Democratic Change or who even express their dissatisfaction with the ruling party. In these dark times, more and more people are turning to the church for solace and spiritual sustenance.

The State We're In: Zimbabwe Special

From Radio Netherlands Worldwide | Part of the The State We're In: 2009 Specials series | 53:29

An indepth special on Zimbabwe's collapse with the voices of a wide range of Zimbabweans about their hopes in the wake of the establishment of the new unity government.


Zimbabwe has been making news for years, most often for the bleak realities under President Robert Mugabe’s regime there: political oppression and killings, cholera and AIDS epidemics, and natural disasters.

But the recent power-sharing agreement between Mugabe and the opposition party, the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), has inspired millions within the country to hope, however tentatively, that their country may yet see better days.

The program was originally produced just before the car accident involving MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai.  It aims to showcase the resilient spirit and hard-won optimism of Zimbabweans.  To do that, it features voices from all sectors of society: a newly-installed cabinet minister from the MDC who now works with his former arch-rival Robert Mugabe – and whose hand he had to shake at the swearing-in ceremony; three housewives who share stories and laughter over trying to feed their hungry families; a white farmer whose heart still breaks over being thrown off the land he once cultivated; an elderly woman whose water supply is now filthy; a construction worker who returned from abroad because he believes his country now has a chance to improve itself; a clergyman whose faith in God, and himself, was rattled by ongoing  crises in Zimbabwe.

This special program was produced in collaboration with Voice of the People Radio in Zimbabwe (VOP) – one of the very few independent media outlets left in the country.