50 year old Irene has been the victim of political violence due to her opposition to the ruling Zanu PF. She says, "My children were chased away from college for being MDC (Movement for Democratic Change) supporters. 'You are not fit to go to school or college,' they said. 'Go and learn in a Tsvangarai school.' On the eve of the run off election, Zanu PF supporters came to her house, threatening to kill her and her family for being MDC supporters. But she says, "I was strong on the inside. I said that I am staying here [at her home]. But now we are trapped because wherever we go we are said to be MDC supporters." Speaking of the future she says, "Because of the pain that I feel, I feel we should get revenge for what they did. Because they made our lives so unbearable, so painful. All of us are blacks. We are not supposed to be harassing each other."

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