Hopley: The epicentre of depravity

HOPLEY settlement, south of Harare and one of the poorest suburbs in the country, appears like it is in its own world, divorced from its neighbours, Glen Norah, Glen View and Highfield, among others.

Hopley: The epicentre of depravity

HOPLEY settlement, south of Harare and one of the poorest suburbs in the country, appears like it is in its own world, divorced from its neighbours, Glen Norah, Glen View and Highfield, among others.

A shantytown that has mostly two-roomed houses, makeshift wooden and plastic cabins, Hopley is home mostly to those who suffered the Operation Murambatsvina, a large-scale government campaign hastily conducted in 2005 to, ironically clear slum areas across the country and left about 700 000 internally displaced, according to the United Nations.

As a result of how this settlement grew out of Murambatsvina, and the subsequent economic crisis in the country that has seen many lodgers moving to Hopley, away from high rentals in other suburbs, the settlement is where grinding poverty, disease and moral decadence roam freely across its dusty and dirty alleyways and streets.

Hopley is seen as the epicentre of depravity, poverty and socio-economic decay, which has become the hallmark of the corrupt and inept government of Zimbabwe.

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