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In pictures: Urban life in Zimbabwe
Empty shelves

To try to curb inflation, President Robert Mugabe's government forced businesses to freeze prices. Anyone who failed to obey was arrested.

To avoid jail, some boarded up their shops and pasted a 'closed for renovation' sign on the door.

With the price cuts in place, producers could not break even, never mind make a profit, and so cut production.

So the price slashes have only added to people's daily struggle – shop shelves are now empty and queues must be joined just to buy basic goods.

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