Zimbabwe is in the midst of intense unrest as protests have broken out against president Robert Mugabe in recent weeks. Zimbabwean police have responded with tear gas, water cannon and sometimes violence, prompting many to flee the country following the security crackdown. Protesters, angry about the state of the economy and widespread shortages of food, are calling for electoral reform ahead of the next election. 92-year-old Mugabe has led the country since independence in 1980

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