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Coming of age?
April 15, 2016, 9:59 am

 

Dear Family and Friends,

In three days time Zimbabwe celebrates 36 years of Independence.  Take a ride with me and see what I see in typical small town Zimbabwe.

 

It’s been over ten years since the local council did any maintenance to the road I live on despite repeated written and verbal requests. The gullies are deep, storm drains swallo
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Green cardboard biscuit box
April 1, 2016, 7:50 am

 

Dear Family and Friends,

There were ten members of the mbira band sitting along the narrow wooden bench: six  men and four boys. The band leader, the oldest in the group, addressed the small audience on a sweltering afternoon under a dazzling blue sky. The sun was slowly heading towards the horizon when the band leader stood up to speak. First the older members of th
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Nothing fair or impartial about the Land Compensation Fund
March 11, 2016, 9:26 am

 

Dear Family and Friends,

Driving past the big Acacia trees where the vervet monkeys always used to play, I feel the knot in my stomach tightening. It’s a beautiful day: warm blue sky, pink and white Cosmos flowers along the roadsides and the grass is tall and golden but already I don’t want to see what I know I’m going to see. I’m going to drive pa
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"The State has gone beserk."
February 25, 2016, 3:09 pm

 

Dear Family and Friends,

Unbelievable things are happening in Zimbabwe. I wonder how many times in the last fifteen years I’ve started one of these letters with that phrase! With every passing day Zimbabwe in 2016 feels more and more like Zimbabwe in 2007 and 2008: we’re literally running out of money again. The only difference now is that we aren’t trad
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Hmmm, 15% VAT on imported food as hunger looms?
February 12, 2016, 8:11 am

 

Dear Family and Friends,

They are selling cows in drought affected rural areas for as little as 50 US dollars a head.  Normally villagers can expect to realize 300 – 400 US dollars for a cow but not this year. Things are so tough, money so short and conditions so hard that in some areas people are selling their cows because they can’t afford to keep them
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