HARARE, Zimbabwe

With recession contracting the economy of the landlocked southern African country of Zimbabwe further, households particularly the elderly population are feeling the heat.

Confined at their home in the low-income suburb of Mufakose in the Zimbabwean capital Harare, an elderly couple, Dambudzo Choruviri, 93, and his wife Sekai, 91, have fallen deep into poverty.

Chroruviri’s nine young sons died of AIDS, leaving behind a troop of orphaned children.

A former prison officer during British rule till Zimbabwe got its independence in 1980, is running from pillar to post to earn a livelihood to feed his large family.

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