Zimbabwe is a landlocked African country north of South Africa with a population of 11.4 million. Formerly known as Southern Rhodesia, Zimbabwe is one of the most troubled countries in the world. From 1980 to 2008, Zimbabwe was governed by one-party rule under Robert Mugabe's ZANU-PF. In late 2008, Mugabe agreed to share power with the opposition party leader, Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai.

Under Mugabe's rule, the country has suffered a shattered economy, hyperinflation, and widespread poverty and unemployment. As of September 2009, most schools and hospitals in Zimbabwe are closed or dysfunctional, and a cholera epidemic that began in August 2008 has taken a toll on thousands in the country. As of July 2009, Zimbabweans have been migrating in droves to the neighboring countries of ...

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