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February 25, 2009

No More Handshakes

After years of economic decay and months of political upheaval, Zimbabweans are now dealing with disease: since August, nearly 4,000 people have died of cholera. Abel Chikomo is a human rights activist in Harare, and a Catholic. As he tells Dick Gordon, the risk of cholera is so great, his church has banned handshaking during the Sign of the Peace.

Although there's now a unity government in place, Abel says public schools have no teachers, the few hospitals that are open charge exorbitant fees, and even the U.S. dollar is now subject to Zimbabwe's rampant inflation. Despite all that - and even his own arrest, last summer - Abel is determined to stay in Zim and fight for a better future.

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