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Jimmy Gata, 19, recites an anti-drugs poem at "Theater in the Park" in Zimbabwe's capital Harare, jumping and gesturing on the stage, as spectators clap and cheer on the former addict.There are no accurate figures on the number of drug users in Zimbabwe. The Health and Child Care Ministry says about 3,000 people nationwide are suffering mental illness directly related to drug abuse.In a country where many struggle to earn a living in the informal economy, the theater association has also helped out the poor and hungry.Recently the association shot films highlighting social and economic issues facing the country, such as "The Delinquent" which depicts a misled young man who takes drugs while in school.Community religious groups like the Christian Youths Fellowship Association based in Chegutu, a farming town 100 kilometers west of Harare in Mashonaland West Province, have also joined the fight against drugs.Patrick Imbayago, founder and director of the CYFA, said his group has shown anti-drugs films in urban and rural townships.
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