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In the modern world it has become very common to classify countries in one of two categories developed and underdeveloped One country which is still considered to be underdeveloped is Zimbabwe Zimbabwe is located in southeastern Africa and is bordered by five different countries leaving no access to the Indian coast Zimbabwe does however have access to both the Zambezi and Limpopo rivers which feed into the Indian Ocean though neither is necessarily easily navigable by boat There is an abundance of minerals in Zimbabwe and also a respectable amount of commercial agriculture however the economy has yet to progress to its full potential This has much to do with the political turbulence that the country has experienced in the past thirty years but is affected more so by the social inequality that has predominated for much of its history Even with the social and political setbacks that Zimbabwe has been forced to face the economy has done decently but that has failed to alleviate many of the symptoms of underdevelopment that are still painfully apparent Underdevelopment may occur in various forms and have various causes but the symptoms of underdevelopment are easily distinguishable The most easily recognizable symptoms of underdevelopment are problematic population growth high birth and death rates high infant mortality rates and short life expectancies Disease famine starvation and malnutrition are also all red flags that hint to underdevelopment as well as low per-capita gross national product overcrowded urban areas poor overall health and sanitation inefficient farming and many other indicators Zimbabwe still exhibits many of these symptoms in spite of the growing economy Among those symptoms are a short life expectancy rate an average of 3778 years for males and females a high infant mortality rate 6225 deaths per 1000 live births an high unemployment rate 50 and an extremely high inflation rate 599 wwwodcigovciapublications 2000 p3-7 Anyway you look at it Zimbabwe is still far from attaining the distinction
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