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Already in the barracks?
June 16, 2012, 10:31 am


Dear Family and Friends,
Winter has arrived in Zimbabwe in a freezing blast. Occasional light dustings of frost suddenly escalated to almost daily white carpets blanketing low lying, exposed ground in the mornings. Everything in the path of the frost has been burnt. The last traces of green in the bush and across open plains disappeared and were replaced with tall golden gra
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Paws and noses
June 9, 2012, 8:52 am


Dear Family and Friends,
They say that a picture speaks a thousand words and that was never more true than in  Zimbabwe this week.

The  picture was of paws and noses.  Toes and little black noses could just be seen in a  gap the height of a brick, at the bottom of a trucks’ steel door. This picture came from Meryl Harrison, who became intern
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Blood in the dust
June 2, 2012, 7:56 am


Dear Family and Friends,

With overnight temperatures starting to drop below 5 degrees Celsius and frost peeping over the hedges, winter is upon us but it’s not just the temperatures that have left us chilled and shivering in the last few days.    

Hardly had the UN Human Rights commissioner Navi Pillay left  Zimbabwe after her five day vi
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Bring on the national migraine
May 26, 2012, 7:07 am


Dear Family and Friends,

Africa Day dawned fine and clear in Zimbabwe. There was neither water nor electricity and it was a crisp, cold morning. For some  this was a public holiday destined not to be spent in the sun or garden or relaxing with a book. This was to be a public holiday spent in a queue at the post office trying to do motor vehicle licensing. Arriving at
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Distinctly second hand
May 19, 2012, 11:03 am


Dear Family and Friends,

Bleary eyed and feeling distinctly second hand, Zimbabwe is stumbling into winter 2012. At first a cheer went up when we heard news that ZESA (the electricity supply company) were going to introduce nine hour a day power cuts. The cheer was because when they made the announcement we were already having power cuts that lasted for at least twelve ho
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