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Gary Strafford, a Zimbabwean falconer, holds an owl inside one of the cages at his bird sanctuary, Kuimba Shiri, near Harare, Zimbabwe, Wednesday, June, 17, 2020. Kuimba Shiri, Zimbabwe's only bird park, has survived tumultuous times, including violent land invasions and a devastating economic collapse. Now the outbreak of COVID-19 is proving a stern test. With Zimbabwe’s inflation currently at more than 750%, tourism establishments are battling a vicious economic downturn worsened by the new coronavirus travel restrictions. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)

Zimbabwe bird sanctuary has 400 species, not enough tourists

Jul. 11, 2020 3:08 AM EDT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — A fish eagle swoops over the water to grab a fish in its talons and then flies to its nest. Nearby are a martial eagle, a black eagle, an Egyptian vulture and hundreds of other birds. With an estimated 400 species of birds on an idyllic spot on Zimbabwe's Lake Chivero, about 40...

Riot police give chase a nurse who was protesting at a government hospital in Harare, Monday, July, 6, 2020. Thousands of nurses working in public hospitals stopped reporting for work in mid-June, part of frequent work stoppages by health workers who earn less than $50 a month and allege they are forced to work without adequate protective equipment. On Monday, dozens of nurses wearing masks and their white and blue uniforms gathered for protests at some of the country’s biggest hospitals in the capital, Harare, and the second-largest city of Bulawayo.(AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)

Zimbabwe nurses protest; South Africa reopens some classes

Jul. 6, 2020 10:04 AM EDT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — At least 12 nurses were arrested in Zimbabwe on Monday when they were demonstrating against their working conditions, complaining that they do not have adequate protective gear to safely treat COVID-19 patients. Thousands of nurses working in public hospitals stopped reporting for...

Card games, pool, TV shows entertain Zimbabweans in lockdown

Jun. 27, 2020 4:15 AM EDT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — It’s come to this: Some children in Zimbabwe are so tired of the weeks of coronavirus lockdown they are yearning to return to school. “This is all now boring,” 10-year-old Tafadzwa Mafuta said. “I miss reading, writing and playing with my friends.”...

Opposition activists in Zimbabwe accused of lying get bail

Jun. 26, 2020 12:41 PM EDT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe’s High Court on Friday granted bail to three young female opposition activists who assert they were tortured and sexually assaulted by state agents but were then arrested for allegedly lying about the ordeal. They face up to 20 years in prison. The women, all members...

In this photo taken Friday, June, 5, 2020 sex workers ply their trade on a street in Harare. Forced to stay home for weeks without any source of income, Zimbabwe’s sex workers, like many other informal traders, are beginning to defy the country’s lockdown and return to the streets. Risking arrest and the coronavirus, many are working afternoons because some clients are at home due to a general night curfew. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)

Zimbabwe's sex workers on streets despite virus restrictions

Jun. 17, 2020 6:52 AM EDT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Forced to stay home for weeks without any source of income, Zimbabwe’s sex workers, like many other informal traders, are beginning to defy the country's lockdown and return to the streets. Risking arrest and the coronavirus, many are working afternoons because some clients...

Zimbabwe opposition activists arrested on accusations of lying that they were abducted make a court appearance at the magistrates courts in Harare, Friday, June 12, 2020.  The three opposition activists alleged that they were sexually abused by their abductors, whom they said took them from a police station in May following an anti government protest.  Despite being hospitalised at the time, prosecutors charged them with contravening lockdown regulations.(AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)

3 Zimbabwean women denied bail, accused of lying about abuse

Jun. 15, 2020 12:47 PM EDT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Three young female opposition activists in Zimbabwe, who charge they were tortured and sexually assaulted by state agents, were sent back to prison when a court denied them bail on new charges that they lied about their ordeal. The three women were returned to Chikurubi maximum...

Joyce Muchenje,centre, poses for a photo with her three children, who all have albinism, outside their family home in Chitungwiza on the outskirts of Harare, in this Tuesday, June, 9, 2020.  Muchenje used to provide for them by washing laundry and household cleaning for cross border traders at a busy border town before the lockdown, but now the border trade has stopped and Mutenje has run out of money to get the skin cream for her children. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)

In Zimbabwe, people with albinism struggle against prejudice

Jun. 13, 2020 3:10 AM EDT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Each time Yvonne Gumbo, who has albinism, and her friends get together for a picture, she insists on being in the center. “I tell them I make the picture beautiful because I am special,” she told The Associated Press at her home in Zimbabwe’s capital, Harare,...

Zimbabwe re-arrests 3 women who charge torture, sexual abuse

Jun. 10, 2020 3:47 PM EDT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe police Wednesday arrested three opposition activists on accusations that they lied in saying that they had been abducted and tortured, their lawyers said. The arrests came as a group of U.N experts spoke against a “reported pattern of disappearances and...

In this photo taken Wednesday, May 6, 2020 a security guard patrols at a hotel in Zimbabwe's capital Harare. Security guards in Zimbabwe, often a derided and underpaid lot, are counting themselves as some of the few lucky ones to still hold jobs in a country where most economic activity has been shut down by a lockdown that started in March. Many say they are now fearing for their mental stability, as the loneliness that comes with guarding empty, eerily quiet building complexes is taking its toll. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)

Zimbabwe's security guards have lonely jobs, but get paid

Jun. 6, 2020 3:09 AM EDT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — One says he constantly talks to the cash machine he guards — never mind that it can’t answer back. Another whiles away the time by staring at pictures of semi-nude women on the walls of a closed nightclub as he waits for rats and cats to come out and entertain him....

Zimbabwe police arrest opposition supporters outside their party headquarters in Harare, Friday, June, 5, 2020. Armed riot police fired teargas and arrested several opposition leaders who had gathered at the party offices after it had been forcibly occupied by a rival faction with the help of state security agents. Zimbabwes main opposition MDC party is mired in divisions after a court ruled in March this year that Nelson Chamisa, who narrowly lost to President Emmerson Mnanagawa in 2018 elections, is not the legitimate leader of the party.(AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)

Scuffles and tear gas at Zimbabwe opposition headquarters

Jun. 5, 2020 10:29 AM EDT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe police fired tear gas Friday and arrested several opposition leaders who gathered at their party’s headquarters after it was forcibly occupied by a rival faction with the help of state security agents. The MDC leaders, including the party’s vice president,...