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African Tears Beyond Tears Innocent Victims Imire Can you hear the drums, by Cathy Buckle

Under the spreading arms of the Musasa tree
November 10, 2012, 11:24 am


Dear Family and Friends,

When I received the news of the death of an old family friend this week I felt  drawn to the cemetery. It had been a swelteringly hot week and even at six in the morning the thermometer was in the mid 20’s and heading upwards. After just a short walk my arms and face were clammy and I was brushing flies away. Despite the early hour, peo
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Snake in the grass
November 3, 2012, 7:22 am


Dear Family and Friends,

Walking barefoot in a newly rain-drenched garden I came across a snake in the grass. It must have felt my footsteps and I stopped, kept my distance, watched and waited as it slipped back into a hole and disappeared underground. It left a strange, unsettling feeling knowing there was a snake, right there, under my  feet and its very similar to
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A step in the process
October 27, 2012, 8:00 am


Dear Family and Friends,

Tension had been building for weeks, everyone was expecting trouble, propaganda and rumour had reached ridiculous proportions and no one thought there was a chance of a peaceful final meeting on the draft new constitution. For three and a half years every step of our new constitution making process has been littered with bickering, accusations, in
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Tapping on the windows
October 20, 2012, 7:04 am


Dear Family and Friends,

There’s a constant tapping on the windows at night, now that the first rains have fallen in Zimbabwe. The reappearance of millions of insects after an absence of four months is an attack on the senses. From the persistent whining of mosquitoes that turn sideways and disappear when you look for them, to the silent ascension from the depths of
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Dogs in the manger
October 13, 2012, 1:50 pm


Dear Family and Friends,

To the beckoning whistles of the Paradise Flycatchers and under a blistering October sky, Zimbabwe waits for the rain. As every day gets hotter and drier and we think ‘maybe today,’ everything around us seems to be in a state of growing unease, infected with the delirium of October heatstroke. 

Because of the three week tr
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