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Zimbabwe Out of Control
First broadcast August 2007

Zimbabwe - One Hundred Thousand Dollar Note
Zimbabwe - One Hundred Thousand Dollar Note

For the past seven years, Zimbabweans have been struggling to cope with an ever-deepening political and economic crisis.

How did it become so bad, and what's the solution?

In the first of two programmes, Paul Bakibinga considers the causes behind the collapse of what was until just a few years ago one of the most successful and stable countries in Africa.

Zimbabwe Out of Control - Part One

Zimbabwe has the world's highest inflation rate, running at around 4,500%, fuel and food shortages, and there's 80% unemployment.

Three million Zimbabweans have left the country and another 3.3 million rely on food aid.

How did things became so bad? The first of two programmes looks at the events behind the collapse of what was once called the bread basket of Southern Africa.

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Produced by Grant Ferrett and Jeremy Skeet

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