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In pictures: Urban life in Zimbabwe
Scant supplies

Women carrying bundles of firewood on their heads are a common city sight now. Firewood has fast become people's cooking fuel of choice as kerosene supplies are scant and expensive.

Likewise the petrol station the women are passing is also a familiar scene – empty pumps mean no vehicles waiting. Most turn to the black market to fill up.

The tin street signs that used to adorn the city have almost all disappeared – opportunists melt and mould them into funnels, which are handy to siphon fuel.

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