Student Activism in Zimbabwe’s Coronavirus Lockdown

It has been 40 years, since Zimbabwe became independent, but COVID-19 has put a halt to the annual celebrations. On April 18th, Zimbabwe celebrates independence day and for the first time no larger gatherings are taking place to mark the anniversary, which is usually a time, where the nation celebrates equality, justice and freedom.

Despite low recorded levels of infection, with 3 deaths and 24 confirmed cases, numbers are rising. Difficulties in adequately testing the population further complicate the country’s fight against the virus, and despite the economic difficulties that come with a lockdown, it is clear that restrictions will need to continue for the foreseeable future. With an already shrinking economy and many relying on humanitarian efforts after hurricane Idai, food insecurity and water scarcity are commonplace. With a health system severely impacted by hyperinflation and power shortages, the country is left in an extremely difficult situation.

Anne Vraa-Jensen and Clara Dybbroe Viltoft are working with DSF’s international partnership with Zimbabwe National Students Union (ZINASU) and has written an article about the situation in Zimbabwe. You can read the article here.