Coronavirus: Zimbabwe police patrol empty streets as lockdown begins | AFP

Police patrol the streets of Zimbabwean capital Harare as the country enters a 21-day “total” lockdown that will curtail movement, shut most shops and banks, and suspend flights in and out of Zimbabwe. IMAGES

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Crowd-funded Zimbabwean clinic provides free medical services | AFP

Underprivileged Zimbabweans are receiving free medical services under a crowd-funding initiative started by a Zimbabwean living in the United States. The Citizwean Clinic, which opened its doors last month in Bulawayo, has attended to hundreds of patients.

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The ‘Brave Ones’: Zimbabwe’s women-only rangers fighting poaching | AFP

Zimbabwean women are revolutionising the way the world looks at conservation, through a unique all-female anti-poaching unit. The Akashinga, or ‘brave one’ in Shona, started in 2017 and trains vulnerable women from local villages to become elite game rangers. They currently operate in five reserves totalling one million acres, but hope to secure 20 reserves with 1,000 rangers by 2025.

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Zimbabwean deminers keep the Falklands safe | AFP

Amongst the Falkland Islands’ 3,400 population can be found a surprising community of around 100 Zimbabweans. They’re the expert deminers clearing the 25,000 mines laid by Argentine troops during their 74-day occupation of the islands in 1982. The deminers have had to face a significant cultural change, far from their families, and the harsh weather conditions have made their adjustment particularly tricky.

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African leaders and relatives bid farewell to Mugabe | AFP

African leaders and relatives of Robert Mugabe pay tribute to the former Zimbabwean leader during a state funeral in Harare.

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Emmerson Mnangagwa arrives at Mugabe’s former “Blue Roof” residence | AFP

With the body of former Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe lying in state at his “Blue Roof” residence, current President Emmerson Mnangagwa arrives to pay his respects. IMAGES

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Images outside morgue in Singapore where Mugabe’s body is being kept | AFP

Images from outside morgue in Singapore where former Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe’s body is being kept. a hero-turned despot whose increasingly tyrannic rule and economic mismanagement prompted millions to leave the country. IMAGES

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Mnangagwa: death of Mugabe “leaves a big void in our nation” | AFP

Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangawa reacts to the death of his predecessor Robert Mugabe, who has passed away aged 95. SOUNDBITE

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Scientist wants to make ice cream with an African twist | AFP

Zimbabwean born scientist reimagines traditional ice-cream by using uniquely southern African flavours that celebrate local cuisine and produce.

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Bizarre moment pastor kisses a woman to ‘expel demons’ during a sermon in Zimbabwe

It appears that this Zimbabwean pastor decided to switch his career in favor of the dark arts. The minister performed a rather odd exorcism ritual during the sermon by kissing a young woman to ‘rid her body of demons’. While we haven’t received any confirmation that the evil spirits have been gotten rid of, we’re quite certain that this is not exactly ‘canon’. The whole incident sparked mass outrage on social media with some users asking to ‘arrest this pervert’ and others asking if he ‘does the same to his male congregates?’
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Zimbabwe’s Mnangagwa lands in cyclone-hit area to meet victims

Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa lands in Mutare to visit the areas affected by Cyclone Idai that may have left more than a thousand dead in Zimbabwe and Mozambique. IMAGES of Mnangagwa in cyclone-hit areas

Handmade Zimbabwe shoes an unlikely global hit

An unassuming one-room shoe factory in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe is quite literally defying the economic odds. Founded in 1994, the Courteney boot company has become a global niche brand in hand-made footwear. Despite a downward-spiralling Zimbabwean economy, the 14 staff at Courteney have their hands full to keep up with the increasing international demand.

‘Raped by soldiers’: Zimbabwean women live in fear

A 33-year-old Zimbabwean unemployed mother of two tearfully narrates how four men in military uniform ordered her to open her door at midnight before two of them raped her. Several women have sought help in the Zimbabwean capital, saying they were raped by soldiers and police who have enforced a brutal crackdown to crush public unrest after violent nationwide protests on January 14 over fuel price rises.

Zimbabwe activist Mawarire back in court

Zimbabwean activist Evan Mawarire is back in court for a second day where to face charges of subverting the Zimbabwe government. Mawarire is accused of subverting a constitutional government and incitement to commit violence by posting videos on social media supporting a national strike over a drastic increase in fuel prices. IMAGES of Mawarire arriving at a Harare courthouse

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Zimbabwe opposition reacts after riot police break up presser

Nelson Chamisa, leader of the Zimbabwean opposition party ‘Movement for Democratic Change’, apologises to international journalists after his press conference was disrupted by police in riot gear, following the announcement of the election results. SOUNDBITE

Zimbabwean opposition supporters celebrate as MDC claim victory

Zimbabwean opposition party supporters celebrate outside the Movement for Democratic Change party headquarters in Harare. The MDC are claiming victory in the country’s historic elections, setting the scene for a showdown with the ruling ZANU-PF that has held power since independence in 1980. IMAGES