Mugabe's Campers

Debbie was buying vegetablesat the market when the young men started to harass her. It was 2001 and Zimbabwe was in the grip of election fever. A group of young vigilantes chanting slogans in support of President Robert Mugabe's ruling ZANU-PF party told the lanky 22-year-old that she had to come with them. She says they chased her home, jumped her fence, and threatened to firebomb her house unless she came out. Finally, her uncle told her to go. She was taken to a youth camp outside Bulawayo; she could tell by the ZANU-PF T shirts some in the camp wore...

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