Callback 26.11.12

Chasara says many peasant farmers have been denied seed and fertiliser from the President to start farming this rainy season, because they haven’t shown enough evidence to prove they genuinely support ZANU PF in Hurungwe; while Bambo says villagers in Marange are living like prisoners in their own homes, as their movements are restricted following the demarcation and fencing of the area by the diamond mining companies. They are stopped from farming and forced to submit to body searches on a regular basis as the government suspects they will pick up diamonds. They now rely on beans and maize meal for food which are given to them by the companies and school children now have to walk over 20 km around the fence to attend the nearest schools.

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