Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe turns 85 this weekend and - while his supporters plan a lavish birthday celebration that could cost up to $300,000 - Zimbabwe is immersed in the worst humanitarian crisis in its history, a result of years of political violence and instability.
Inflation in Zimbabwe - the highest in the world - reached 231 million percent in July (last time the government released official statistics), rendering the local currency worthless and causing a collapse of basic social services like healthcare and education. Independent experts believe the current inflation rates are at 10 sextillion percent. According to the UN, 94% of Zimbabweans are now unemployed and up to 7 million of the country's population of 9 million are facing massive food shortages and hunger. Lack of clean drinking water and access to medical treatment have also fueled an epidemic of cholera, a treatable disease that has already left roughly 3,700 dead and another 39,000 ill since August.
In recent days, some political progress has been made with a new power-sharing agreement between President Mugabe and opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai, now sworn in as the country's Prime Minister. Today's Pick - a video by Solidarity Peace Trust - provides an overview of the challenges ahead.
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