Nearly every story Global Press Journal has published from Zimbabwe since news desks were opened there in 2016 is rooted one way or another in the country’s serious economic crisis. Even though our desks launched years after the 2008 hyperinflation that dramatically complicated life for Zimbabweans, concerns about the country’s currency emerged in most stories covered by GPJ reporters there.
On Monday, June 24, the Zimbabwean government announced a new currency, which some economists lauded as a sign that roller-coaster prices would finally stabilize. But in reality, many Zimbabweans worry that the crisis is only about to get worse.
Here’s an overview of the currency crisis in recent years, as told by GPJ’s Zimbabwe team in their stories.