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Bread in China or Acacia pods in Zimbabwe?
January 29, 2016, 8:22 am

 

Dear Family and Friends,

When the barbel was hooked it didn’t come quietly: splashing and thrashing in the river, bending the rod to alarming angles. Once the hook was removed the slimy, whiskered fish did some fancy belly wiggling and flip flopping and then it was free again, slithering around in the grass along the river bank before plop, back it went to freedom.
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Underground pot of gold and diamonds
January 15, 2016, 8:41 am

 

Dear Family and Friends,

On a dust road soon after sunrise the children were already out, walking to their first day at school. You have to smile at the first timers in their bright crisp uniforms; creases still new from the shop. Navy blue, bottle green or bright red uniforms, all looking just a bit too big; bought to last as long as possible by parents struggling to mak
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Stepping stones
December 31, 2015, 12:26 pm

 

Dear Family and Friends,

On New Year’s Eve 2015  I left the supermarket carrying my groceries: sausages, tomatoes, mangoes and bread rolls.  Hardly the stuff of New Year’s celebrations but as 2016 arrives tight budgets are the national past time.  As I got to my car a man came across to me. I could see straight away that he was in trouble. His t
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Zimbabwe's Jingle Bells
December 18, 2015, 10:18 am

 

Dear Family and Friends,

Thank you for reading my letters for another year; for your emails, messages and support of my books. I’m not going to tell you about politics, corruption, greed or our daily struggles today, instead I offer you my version of Jingle Bells.

 

Dashing through the dust

In an ox cart full of hay

Through farms
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The collective national secret
December 4, 2015, 2:56 pm

 

Dear Family and Friends,

“Inspire us,” someone wrote to me from the Diaspora recently, urging me to “be the change you want to see.”  Whew, I thought that’s exactly what I was doing: fifteen years of telling the story of life on the ground in Zimbabwe; never giving up; never shutting up and always standing up for what I believe in. That,
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