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11 month old Blessing had his feet broken by Zanu PF youths trying to make his mother disclose the whereabouts of her husband, an councillor with the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC). She walked nearly 20km to the MDC headquarters thinking it a safe place. When it was raided by the police, she fled along with nearly 300 others. They slept in the freezing cold before finding shelter in a church. Violence against opposition supporters forced the MDC to withdraw days before a presidential run-off election which was widely dismissed as a sham..