Every day, hundreds of Zimbabweans are caught and returned across the border. Army officers and locals say that the trickle of fence-jumpers had increased to a torrent. Most Zimbabweans have given up hope of either political or economic normalization under President Robert Mugabe’s dictatorial rule. The South African daily Business Day recently published an amusing yet shocking statistic: If someone were to spend one million Zimbabwean dollars on beer, drank them, and waited a month to return the empties; he would make a profit of some 16 million Zim dollars.

Greg Marinovich text and images copyright 2007. This piece first appeared in a.magazine

Running away from your dear leader and protector.
Lost and frustrated.
Having to learn dishonesty for a living.
Passport in hand but of no fixed aboard.
Wondering how those who did it before you
Ended up returning with guns
To become your dear leaders.
Now JUMP!!!


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