Zimbabwe

Faina Butau prepares sorghum for grinding.

Zimbabwe's farmers turn to drought-resistant grains as maize falters in drier regions

Zimbabwe has had to import maize, a staple food, for the past several years. Experts blame droughts and erratic rainfall resulting from climate change. The government is now urging farmers to grow more small grains like sorghum and millet, which are more drought-resistant.

Zimbabwe's farmers turn to drought-resistant grains as maize falters in drier regions
Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe Governor John Mangudya holds a sample of a gold coin at the launch in Harare, Monday, July, 25, 2022.

Zimbabwe gambles with gold to curb soaring inflation

Zimbabwe gambles with gold to curb soaring inflation
Cover art for albums of multiple artists included on The World's 2021 music playlist. Clockwise, starting from the top left image: 'Suba' by Omar Sosa and Seckou Keita; 'El Alimento' by Cimafunk; 'Deja' by Bomba Estereo; 'Seeking New Gods' by Gruff Rhys;

Dance with The World, 2021 edition: A playlist

Dance with The World, 2021 edition: A playlist
A man receives a shot from a health worker, both wear masks and protective gear.

In Zimbabwe, vaccine hesitancy among front-line workers stalls rollout 

In Zimbabwe, vaccine hesitancy among front-line workers stalls rollout 
A photo of some of the Grandmothers trained by Friendship Bench who provide mental health advice at the Mbare Clinic in Harare Zimbabwe.

In Zimbabwe, a talk therapy program trains 'grandmothers' to lend a supportive ear

In Zimbabwe, a talk therapy program trains 'grandmothers' to lend a supportive ear
Zimbabwean American singer, poet and activist Shungudzo says she finds an outlet for her activism through music.

Artist Shungudzo feels an urgency to 'use her words' to fight against racism

In her music and poetry, Shungudzo tackles the racist experiences she had growing up in Zimbabwe and the US.

Artist Shungudzo feels an urgency to 'use her words' to fight against racism
US Capitol police with guns drawn stand near a barricaded door as members of a mob try to break into the House Chamber in Washington.

The world reacts to chaotic rampage at the US Capitol; China calls out US on 'hypocrisy'; Biden victory confirmed by Congress

In the hours after pro-Trump extremists stormed the US Capitol building on Wednesday, world leaders condemned the chaos and violence that erupted as Trump loyalists attempted to overturn Nov. 3 US presidential election results won by Joe Biden.

The world reacts to chaotic rampage at the US Capitol; China calls out US on 'hypocrisy'; Biden victory confirmed by Congress
Several people are shown carrying an injured protester on their shoulders with smoke all around them.

Election protests erupt in Belarus; Lebanon remains on the brink; US tops 5 million COVID-19 cases

In Belarus, the opposition has refused to concede that incumbent Alexander Lukashenko won Sunday’s presidential election, leaders around the globe are offering aid to Lebanon, and on Sunday, the US topped 5 million recorded coronavirus cases.

Election protests erupt in Belarus; Lebanon remains on the brink; US tops 5 million COVID-19 cases
Tsitsi Dangerembga, left, prominent Zimbabwean author and Fadzayi Mahere, right, spokeswoman for the main opposition party, appear at the magistrates courts with others in Harare, Zimbabwe, August 1, 2020.

Citizens are challenging repression with #ZimbabweanLivesMatter, says author Tsitsi Dangarembga

The Booker Prize-nominated novelist was arrested at a political demonstration last week against Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa's government.

Citizens are challenging repression with #ZimbabweanLivesMatter, says author Tsitsi Dangarembga
A nurse talks with police.

Mass arrests in Zimbabwe over coronavirus regulation violations

Officials say the arrests stem from so-called violations of coronavirus-related sanitation and safety measures. But critics say these arrests specifically target opposition voices. Dr. Norman Matara, with the Zimbabwe Association of Doctors for Human Rights in Chinhoyi, Zimbabwe, spoke with The World's Carol Hills.

Mass arrests in Zimbabwe over coronavirus regulation violations
A Twitter logo seen in front of cyber code

Twitter purges state-backed disinformation accounts; US sanctions ICC staff, Syria

Twitter has purged more than 32,000 accounts linked to state-backed disinformation operations. The Trump administration has authorized sanctions and visa restrictions on International Criminal Court personnel, in an attempt to undermine investigations into possible US war crimes. In Lebanon, there are increased calls for the government to resign after the currency plunged 25% in two days.

Twitter purges state-backed disinformation accounts; US sanctions ICC staff, Syria
A black man and a black woman pose in a hug for a publicity photo of the film "Cook Off"

This Zimbabwe rom-com could be your next Netflix binge

“Cook Off” is the story of a single mom who enters a TV cooking competition that might just change her life. It became the first film from Zimbabwe to get picked up by Netflix.

This Zimbabwe rom-com could be your next Netflix binge
A health worker screens and sanitises visitors to prevent the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outside a hospital in Harare, Zimbabwe March 26, 2020.

As coronavirus grows, Zimbabwe health care workers strike over vital equipment

As COVID-19 hits Zimbabwe, health care workers are demanding vital resources to fight the disease. Dr. Fortune Nayamande speaks with The World's Marco Werman about the pressures and threats health care workers in Zimbabwe face, and the situation in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

As coronavirus grows, Zimbabwe health care workers strike over vital equipment
A man is shown standing near a auto rickshaw with several police officers standing by and one holding a long baton in the air.

Spain reports more deaths than China; Zimbabwe doctors strike; India's 1.3 billion people head into lockdown

Spain reports the world's second-highest number of deaths due to the novel coronavirus after Italy, as India locks down 1.3 billion people and Zimabwean doctors issue desperate calls for basic medical equipment. The US Senate is likely to vote on a $2 trillion economic stimulus package after days of intense negotiations. And while this summer's Tokyo Olympic Games have been postponed, one Mexican American breakdancer hopes to go for gold in Paris in 2024.

Spain reports more deaths than China; Zimbabwe doctors strike; India's 1.3 billion people head into lockdown
Sudanese protesters chant slogans during a rally calling for the former ruling party to be dissolved and for ex-officials to be put on trial in Khartoum, Sudan, Oct. 21, 2019.

Protests that rocked The World in 2019

Gas. Bread. A subway ticket: The soaring cost of everyday necessities sparked protests that spiraled into major movements in countries like France, Zimbabwe, Lebanon, Sudan and Chile. Throughout the world, citizens took to the streets in 2019 to rise up against inequality, corruption and bad governance. 

Protests that rocked The World in 2019