The Freedom Train_Zimbabwe's Only Commuter Train

The Freedom Train_Zimbabwe's Only Commuter Train

Chugging through townships, maize fields and scrubland as the sun rises, Zimbabwe’s only commuter train is cheap and reliable – two qualities its passengers cherish in a downwards-spiralling economy

Each morning sleepy travellers walk to the tracks and clamber aboard Zimbabwe’s only commuter train as it prepares to leave the Cowdray Park settlement at 6am and embark on its 12-mile (20km) journey into Bulawayo, the country’s second city.

The popular service was revived in November after being suspended for 13 years. The rail network collapsed under President Robert Mugabe, who ruled for nearly four decades until he was ousted in 2017. CHECK OUT THE FULL ESSAY HERE

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