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Last Updated: Wednesday, 17 May 2006, 15:13 GMT 16:13 UK
Zimbabwe voices: Tawanda
Pile of Zimbabwe dollars
Zimbabweans avoid using cash, because so much is needed

Zimbabwe is in economic meltdown, with the world's highest rate of inflation. Here Tawanda, 31, an IT manager with a big company, says he just wants to leave the country.

There is no savings in Zimbabwe at the moment - you don't save money.

Everything changes the next day. If you look at how things are changing - inflation is more than 1,000% and in such a scenario you can't run a family, it's difficult.

I've been working for five years and my starting salary then was about 12,000 Zimbabwe dollars - a lot of money.

Now it's in the hundreds of millions, but my net pay comes to about 60m ($593).

From that 60m, groceries come to 30m.

A loaf of bread used to be about 70 cents. We still had cents then. Now we don't even have cents.

I didn't want to be forced to do illegal things to survive, so I decide to take up farming
We use cheques, everyone uses cheques. I never imagined it would be like this.

Twelve thousand was a lot of money then and 12,000 today, I can't even buy a newspaper - a daily newspaper.

Things have come to that - that's dangerous inflation.

The options are - there's only one actually - to leave.

Let's go to any country that can offer employment and take you in.

So the panic mode is always there. We're always looking and believing that maybe tomorrow we might find an alternative.

But my child is still very young and I cannot see myself moving.

When the time permits - when my child is about six and running around, I will go.



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