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Of raindrops and weevils and poisonous pesticide
October 17, 2014, 11:52 am


Dear Family and Friends,

The first shower of rain finally fell on the hard, dusty ground in my neighbourhood. Some parts of the country had already received rain and our turn came after hours of crashing thunder and dazzling lightening.  After six  months of dry and weeks of searing heat, even the two millimetres that fell brought relief: the dust is hardly sett
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Answers don't come easy
October 3, 2014, 4:30 pm


Dear Family and Friends,

Summer has arrived in Zimbabwe with sweltering heat leaving us casting our gaze upwards every day, searching eagerly for clouds that may bring rain. Streets and avenues in urban areas are ablaze with purple Jacaranda flowers and everywhere the  familiar sights of summer bring brief respite from soaring temperatures. After almost no Musasa pod
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Stuck in the moment
September 12, 2014, 4:42 pm


Dear Family and Friends,

“This is my farm.” Those four little words that took Zimbabwe from being the grain basket of the continent to being a nett importer of food consistently for the last fourteen years have taken on a new twist this year. Now the four little words are: “This is my plot.”

Visiting a friend the other day I was shocked to
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The many faces of Zimbabwe
August 29, 2014, 8:28 pm


Dear Family and Friends,

What a strange, tangled web Zimbabwe weaves this August. On a political level is the meteoric rise of the President’s wife who, in a single month, has gone from having no political standing at all to being nominated to take over as the head of Zanu PF Women’s League and on the Zanu PF Central Committee by year end. Sixty-seater buses o
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Snap, crackle and pop
August 15, 2014, 10:57 am


Dear Family and Friends

As the full moon pulled what we hope is the last cold front through Zimbabwe this week, it added to the chilly air of unease in the country.  The front page newspaper photograph of a victim of political violence with a swollen face and dressings covering a head wound sent goose bumps down our spines. ‘Violence flares up in Zanu PF’
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