The girl’s voice dropped to a hush as she remembered the bright, sunny afternoon when she stepped out of her hut and saw her best friend buried in the sand, up to her neck.
Her friend had made the mistake of refusing to marry a Shabab commander. Now she was about to get her head bashed in, rock by rock.
A report by Amnesty International details the impact of Zimbabwe’s mass forced evictions under the ZANU-PF government’s Operation Murambatsvina (Shona: “Clean out the filth”) on the right to education. The government removed children from areas where they had education and now six years later it had failed to build schools in the new settlements. Young women and girls whose education was disrupted by the forced relocation reported feeling forced by their circumstances to earn money through sex work to support their families. (via BBC News)
In other news, a mass grave containing up to sixty people was found at a Zimbabwe school. Schoolchildren stumbled on human bones sticking out of the ground after their football (soccer) pitch caved in during a game. The remains likely belong to victims of the Gukurahundi (Shona: “The early rain which washes away the chaff before the spring rains”) massacre in the 1980s. (via The Guardian)
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