On Thursday, Zimbabweans celebrated 39 years of independence amid a cloud of dissatisfaction and worsening economic conditions.

The independence day came fresh after the devastating Cyclone Idai, the country’s worst natural disaster in decades, killed about 500 people in Zimbabwe alone and destroyed almost the whole eastern border town of Chimanimani. The “celebrations” also came just a few days after the prices of bread and other basic goods doubled again, a sure sign that citizens will soon witness the triple-figure inflation of 2008.

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