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During Zimbabwe’s 1970s civil war, Robert Mugabe’s Zanla guerilla army kidnapped thousands of young girls and women, Boko Haram-style. The girls were turned into sex slaves, weapons couriers, domestic slaves, spies and combatants. At the end of the war in 1980, there was no visible programme of rehabilitation for any of these women and girls. Many of them have since died from the effects of trauma, sexually transmitted infections and general abuse. A few survivors, such as former vice president Joice Mujuru, higher education minister Oppah Muchinguri, Manicaland provincial minister Mandy Chimene and Zanu PF politburo member Monica Mutsvangwa and others have been promoted to high office, but still bear the scars. This often manifests itself in the form of violent, irrational behaviour, anti-social attitudes, corruption, an inability to maintain family relationships and deep-rooted inferiority complexes often disguised as bravado.
Mugabe himself does…
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