Thursday, December 25, 2008

Diaspora Dollars

from the BBC:

....I was at this shopping centre a few hours ago and it was packed, everything there is sold in foreign currency and you have to be prepared to stand in a queue for more than an hour - it's so full of people doing their Christmas shopping....
While Zimbabwean dollars are still in chronic short supply, there seem to be more US dollars about for the festive season.

The queues at money transfer agencies are really quite long, so I think there's a lot of foreign currency coming in from people with relatives in the diaspora for the holiday period - and that's the reason for the queues in supermarkets. ...

I think many people have decided to be defiant and enjoy the day despite all the many difficulties here - and many Zimbabweans are strong Christians. ...

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