An outbreak of cholera is the latest effect of Robert Mugabe's systematic destruction of Zimbabwe's infrastructure. Reports that as many as 300 people died come on the heels of a humanitarian visit by Jimmy Carter and Kofi Annan that inspired Carter to declare the situation ""worse than we could have imagined."" How could a once-thriving nation like Zimbabwe, formerly home to thriving farms and a stable health system, fall so far so fast?

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