Just when you thought things couldn't get any worse...
"The Elders" - a group of internationally-respected leaders and former leaders (in this case, represented by former US President Carter, former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, and former Mozambican first lady (( and wife of former South African President Nelson Mandela)) Graca Machel) - were denied entry into Zimbabwe. They were to promote humanitarian assistance and assess the current situation. They say the country is headed toward complete collapse.
Zimbabwe's crumbling infrastructure has lead to a cholera outbreak. Around 300 people have died so far, more than 6000 are infected, and infected refugees are flooding into South Africa for treatment because there is no medicine available in Zimbabwe.
The current cash exchange rate is US$1 to (new valuation) Z$1.2 million. Real inflation is now estimated at over 1 billion percent annually. None of this is really relevant anymore, as the country has essentially run out of paper and ink to print currency, so hardly anyone can even find Zim Dollars even if they wanted to.
I'm finalizing my travel plans for next month - today the plan is to fly into Zim, but yesterday's plan was to drive. Who knows what tomorrow will bring. In any case, I'll be there in a couple of weeks to bring a first-hand report from the ground.