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Daring undercover video from inside Zimbabwe (VIDEO)

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One day after the United States celebrated Independence Day, a riveting secretly-recorded news video concerning Zimbabwe’s recent Presidential election appeared on the Internet.

The report is produced by The Guardian Newspaper in London and is found beneath the headline, Exclusive:  Secret film shows how Mugabe stole an election.

If what we see in the video is true (and I’m currently aware of no reason to believe otherwise), it must have already found the attention of several world leaders.

Daring.  Life-threatening.  Historic.

All are words that describe the significance of the exclusive footage.

The hero in this video is 36-year-old prison guard Shepherd Yuda.  We’re told Yuda’s undercover camerawork “graphically shows how Robert Mugabe’s supporters rigged Zimbabwe’s election.”

According to The Guardian:

Much of the footage was shot inside the country’s notorious jail system. Yuda, who has worked in the prison service for 13 years, was motivated by the intensifying violence directed towards the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) and the murder, two months ago, of his uncle, a MDC activist.

Watch this video and see where a person ends-up after supporting the “wrong” political candidate. Find out why a woman says the simple act of coloring her fingertip purple can be a matter of life and death.

And what about the fate of Yuda, his pregnant wife and young children?

None of the video’s 10-minutes and 36-seconds are wasted as they answer the questions raised here.  All while aiming for the greater goal of provoking an international response to the alleged injustices.  Both political and humanitarian.

Certainly, this daring work is a powerful reminder that Fourth of July celebrations are about much more than fireworks.

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