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VI. Methodology

Human Rights Watch relied on local informants for information, supplementing it with data that are widely available in documentary sources, including reports written or provided by the UN and relief agencies, newspapers, local and international human rights groups, economists, politicians, trade unions, journalists and pressure groups. During two weeks in February-March 2003, Human Rights Watch visited Zimbabwe and interviewed a wide range of people with first hand information about the economy, land reform, the international relief program, politics, human rights protection and abuses, the government’s food importation and distribution program, youth brigades, etc. Groups of victims were questioned, as well as ordinary citizens. Relief officials, diplomats and human rights activists were interviewed as well.

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October 2003