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news - Despite Unity Deal, Zimbabwe Struggles to Confront Problems

september 16th, 2009

"Zimbabwe's fragile power-sharing deal faces an uncertain future, one year after an agreement was signed between President Robert Mugabe and his political rival Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai.

No official events were organized by either Mugabe's Zanu PF party or Tsvangirai's Movement for Democratic Change, on Tuesday, the anniversary of the deal. Instead both parties take issue with each other on the governance of the country.

For many Zimbabweans the situation during the past year has shown limited improvement, as international isolation continues to hit the economy, corruption is rife and food shortages continue.

An outbreak of cholera due to unsanitary conditions and crumbling infrastructure has also left more than 4,000 people dead since last year.

According to the United Nations one in every 14 Zimbabweans is malnourished. In the southwest, residents told CNN--which was banned from Zimbabwe for much of the past decade but has now been officially allowed back into the country--how they struggle on one meal of maize.

Ntombana Ngwenya, 72, is caring for six grandchildren whose parents she says are in South Africa struggling to find work.

Ngwenya says she only has enough food to last for the rest of the month and has to beg for food from neighbors 'just to get a little bit of maize to make one bun for the children and give each one a little piece, or beg for some vegetables to give the children and then we go to sleep. That is how we survive.'"

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