Andrew Mambondiyani is a Zimbabwe correspondent for the UK-based magazine, Think Africa Press
. His work has won numerous honors, including the Environment Africa Award for reporting on the effects of global warming and climate change on rural communities in Zimbabwe. He received the Zimbabwe Union of Journalists Water Conservation Award in 2005 and the Zimpapers Agricultural Reporter of the Year Award in 2006. In 2010 and 2011 he served as a Knight Science Journalism fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 2007, he served as one of the 10 inaugural recipients of the Middlebury College environmental journalism fellowships.
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The regime of President Robert Mugabe has been accused of profiting from the Marange diamond fields in eastern Zimbabwe, garnering illicit funds that could be used to bolster his oppressive security forces. Now critics are alleging the government is failing to stop mining-waste pollution that is sickening livestock and local villagers.
Hard-pressed by economic straits, illegal panners are tearing up Zimbabwe’s countryside in search of gold and diamonds. They leave behind a trail of destruction: devastated fields and forests, mud-choked rivers, and mercury-tainted water. Andrew Mambondiyani reports from eastern Zimbabwe.
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