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We’ve all heard about the Zimbabwean crisis be it on the TV or print media, but here is a small selection of statistics from an extensive fact sheet to show how much of a crisis it really is:

Population
Estimated population in 2000: between 12.5 and 13 million; current estimates indicate the population could be as low as 8 million

Economic Collapse
The world’s fastest shrinking economy – exports: R50 billion in 1997, R9 billion in 2007

Agricultural Sector
Up to 70% of commercial agriculture has been destroyed

Emigration / Brain Drain
75% of Zimbabweans with a job are employed outside their country

Living Standards
45% of the population is malnourished, one of the highest rates in the world

Health
Number of doctors per 10 000 people: 1 (World Health Organisation statistic 2006)

Mugabe’s Mansions
Located 16 km north of Harare, Mugabe’s 25 en suite bedroom mansion is the size of a medium-sized hotel

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