July 18, 2008 3:12 PM

Hungry and fearful, Zimbabweans flooding South Africa

For those desperate souls who would sneak across this frontier, consider the obstacles: Armed bandits. A river, low this time of year but still populated by crocodiles and man-mauling hippos. Multiple rows of fences watched by zealous border guards. And all along the goal is to enter a country that's dangerously hostile to immigrants. Yet to escape President Robert Mugabe's Zimbabwe, the risks increasingly appear to be worth taking.

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