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

Of helicopters, Humvees and still more farms
June 9, 2017, 7:16 am



Dear Family and Friends,

At 9.30 in the morning an Air Force helicopter flew low overhead, its green and brown camouflage stark against the bright blue winter sky.  We didn’t need the clattering of the helicopter to remind us that this was rally day, the day the President was coming to town.  For a week before the Presidential visit the town
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The chance to change Paradise
May 26, 2017, 5:49 am

Dear Family and Friends,

Happy Africa Day! It’s a beautiful day here in Zimbabwe; the sky is clear and blue, the early morning winter mist has lifted and in the garden sunbirds are sipping nectar from flowering aloes and mousebirds are sunbathing high up on tree branches. On a recent trip out of the country I was reminded how lucky we are to live in Africa: the continent where lif
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The goat in the police station
April 30, 2017, 5:53 am


Dear Family and Friends,

The sight of a goat in a holding cage at the local police station this week couldn’t help but cause a ripple of suppressed hysteria. There are many things it’s not safe or wise to photograph or laugh at in Zimbabwe and a goat in the police station definitely falls into both categories. Easily visible to passers-by, the dark brown goat
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Glimpses of Zimbabwe on its 37th Independence Day
April 27, 2017, 7:44 am


Dear Family and Friends

In a few days Zimbabwe will commemorate its 37th anniversary of Independence. It would be easy to write a letter with all the facts and figures of the sad, shameful state we find ourselves and our country in. A letter about 90%unemployment and company closures, about 80% food imports and an economy in a state of collapse, about banks wit
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Putting perpetrators on notice
March 31, 2017, 3:10 pm


Dear Family and Friends,

In the dust on the window of my car a man drew a cross with his finger.

“God will bless you,” he said and then put his hands together and said a prayer in Shona, his head bowed, his fingertips resting on my car window.

I rested my hand on my chest in thanks for his prayer and he did likewise.  “I know you wil
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