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Youth Service Brigade/Green Bombers (Zimbabwe)

Name assigned by coder: no
PGM ID Number: 101
Country: Zimbabwe
Date formed: Jan. 1, 2001
Details of Formation: mass conscription to the National Youth Training Program, where adolescents and children were given military training and 'patriotism' classes. They were then sent out to intimidate opposition supporters and politicians. The instructors of these youths are drawn mainly from serving and retired senior army and police personnel, as well as from the ranks of the war veterans.
Date dissolved: Unknown
Details of Termination: Still active today
Successor group(s): none
Private Military Company? no
Government Relation: type2
Government Link(s): political party
Training and Equipment yes
Shared Information and Joint Operations yes
Shared personnel unclear
Types of Material Support: domestic government; plunder and loot
State Sponsor(s): none
Other Connection(s):
Membership: unemployed; adolescents; children
Location: nationwide
Force Strength: [30000, 80000]
Target(s): civilians; unarmed political opposition, government critics; journalists
Purpose(s): protect state, national or religious leader(s); intimidation of civilians
Other Information: pro-Zanu Youth groups are a subset of 'ZANU-PF militia' and have many synonyms: Youth Brigade, Green Bombers, “the militia”, “the Taliban”, Zanu-PF Youth militias, Border Gezi Training Camp militias