In our series of letters from African writers, journalist-turned-barrister Brian Hungwe says many people in Zimbabwe are struggling to cope with long power blackouts as the country's financial crisis worsens and fears of hyperinflation grow.
With both the government and families battling to pay electricity bills, many children now do their homework by candlelight.
For the last month, as soon as the sun goes down at six o'clock, candles are lit so they can settle down to complete their assignments.
It is only after they have gone to bed that the electricity comes on – usually at around 22:00 local time.
The children then have to be woken the next morning before 05:00 if they want a warm breakfast, as that is when the blackout starts again. It could be their only hot meal of the day.
This family in the capital, Harare, now uses torch light to cook their evening meal over a fire
It is like that in most households ..