In Mnangagwa’s Zimbabwe, an ‘Unprecedented’ Crisis That Worsens by the Day

In Mnangagwa’s Zimbabwe, an ‘Unprecedented’ Crisis That Worsens by the Day
Zimbabwe’s president, Emmerson Mnangagwa, in Harare, Zimbabwe, Jan. 21, 2021 (AP photo by Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi).

One day in April 2016, the Zimbabwean pastor Evan Mawarire was sitting in his office, frustrated at the persistent economic crisis in his country that was making it difficult to provide for his family. So, he decided to vent. He took out his phone, propped it up against the Bible on his desk, and recorded a video in which he spoke about the symbolism of the Zimbabwean national flag, and how the promises of freedom and prosperity that it symbolizes had been violated by the regime of then-President Robert Mugabe. The video quickly went viral, inspiring a hashtag, #ThisFlag, and […]

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