Zimbabwe is hurtling toward a disaster. Hyperinflation and police violence, set against the backdrop of AIDS and the intractable dictatorship of Robert Mugabe, have brought the country’s people to the brink of economic and social collapse. On March 11, opposition activists gathered for a peaceful prayer meeting and called for Mugabe to resign. Even this peaceful protest was too much for the authorities. Mugabe’s police descended upon the meeting with tear gas and clubs. In the days that followed, many of the protestors suffered beatings and torture.
The Open Society Institute has launched
, a new campaign designed to raise awareness of the humanitarian, democratic, and economic crisis in Zimbabwe. As the human-rights situation deteriorates and election season draws near, this project combining video, blog, and social networking features is intended to inform and to encourage the international community to turn its attention to the crisis in Zimbabwe—and act.