Pictures of Zimbabwean graduates dressed in graduation gowns while vending on the streets of central Harare have gone viral on social media. The pictures highlight the depth of the country’s problems, where the official unemployment rate is 10 percent and the unofficial rate is believed to be a staggering 80 percent.

An image posted by @proud_dissident on Twitter shows a man wearing a gown and cap, presumably a college graduate sitting along Kwame Nkrumah Avenue, selling chips and sweets. In another photo, a graduate also wearing a gown and cap is pictured selling chocolates and flags.






The pictures are captioned: “This is what we have been reduced to. Graduate vendors!!‪#thisgown”.

The photos highlight the predicament the country’s graduates face as they struggle to secure jobs. Zimbabwe’s colleges and universities churn out around  30,000  graduates every year, but the prevailing harsh realities are that graduates failing to find formal employment.