Machete-Wielding Mining Gangs Threaten to Destabilise Zimbabwe

Violence perpetrated by machete-wielding artisanal miners is on the rise in Zimbabwe with hundreds of people killed in 2019 in battles to control small-scale mines, a development that the Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission says, threatens to destablise the southern African country. In 2017, the government decriminalised artisanal gold mining in an effort to create jobs.

Suspected machete gang members being led into a holding cell at Mazowe Police Camp (file photo).

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