Opposition activist Evan Mawarire: Zimbabweans hope they can ‘reset our future’
By France 24
23 February 2018 | 9:50 am
Evan Mawarire is a pastor who became a leading human rights and democracy advocate in Zimbabwe after posting videos calling on his fellow citizens to challenge the rule of Robert Mugabe.
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