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One day in Harare

Inflation may be running at 7,000 per cent, yet in many respects life goes on as before in Zimbabwe. Harare is in a bad way, but at least its hospitals are clean

By Petina Gappah   November 2007

It is Saturday in Harare, the first weekend of my August holiday. I make my way to Avondale, where I want to spend the morning before heading to Parirenyatwa Hospital. Avondale is a middle-class suburb with happy memories for me. Up the road, in Mount Pleasant, is the University of Zimbabwe, scene of my first adventures out of school. It is also home to one of the largest flea markets in Harare, and it is there that I head.

One of my cousins has a stall at the market. I say his given name to the traders, but am met…

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