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News of the Weird: Cruel and unusual

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Silent births save money in Zimbabwe

Because Zimbabwe is reputedly among the world’s most corrupt countries, bribery is normal and makes the news only when innovators go above and beyond.

The anti-poverty organization Transparency International reported in July that one hospital in Harare had recently been imposing a $5 charge on mothers each time they screamed during childbirth (in addition to the $50 delivery fee).

Furthermore, it has long been rumored that hospitals in Zimbabwe (and other countries) may detain mothers and their children at the hospital if they cannot pay the fees.

Transparency International reported several days later, after finally obtaining a meeting with a government official, that the per-scream charge will be lifted.

— News of the Weird


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