Patricia’s husband died while her two kids were still young. Nyasha has a younger sister who wrote her grade seven last year. Her in-laws did not want anything to do with Patricia and her children once her husband passed away. They made it clear that the rejection was because of Nyasha’s condition.
Nine pushed her opponent to the ground, straddled her, pummeled her face, then grabbed a handful of weave and started banging Six’ head on the ground. Six was immobilised and reduced to screams.
It seemed as though the area had been declared a zone for the exclusive use of lovers wanting to get physical with each other. Openly smooching, the young people seemed unaware that they were in a very public place.
As long as these homeless youths are allowed free reign, the streets of Harare remain unsafe for women who can only pray that some caring citizen is willing to play vigilante when it happens to them.
The vehicle darted in and out of lanes as we made a kamikaze-like dash through a red light across Julius Nyerere to the sound of blaring horns. The city council tow truck remained hot on our heels,
that there are many youths aged less that 24 who are developing full blown AIDS and a disturbing number of them are dying. Before my relative finally succumbed I had watched seven other young people die within a period of two months.
Zimbabwe’s youths have to fight to find a means of survival in a country with one of the world’s highest unemployment rates