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All I want for Christmas
December 19, 2014, 10:50 am


Dear Family and Friends,

I’ve been writing these letters about life in Zimbabwe since February 2000 and could never have carried on for so long without the support, encouragement and enthusiasm of so many  people who follow the tragic events bedevilling our country. To end 2014 I thought rather than delve yet again into the mucky, murky political power struggle
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For the little ones at home
November 28, 2014, 2:17 pm


Dear Family and Friends,

I don’t know how many times I’ve started one of my fourteen years worth of letters with the words: ‘Unbelievable things are happening in Zimbabwe,’ but I unashamedly repeat that phrase today. 

‘Watch out! Riot police in full gear in town this morning; no tear gas… yet!’ That was the text mess
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“The revolution is eating its own children.”
November 14, 2014, 11:53 am


Dear Family and Friends,

When the pilot announces that the plane is entering Zimbabwean air space, your eyes are drawn to the windows.  After living through fourteen years of crisis and land take-overs which have left us importing over 80% of the food we eat, you know what you are undoubtedly going to see from the aeroplane window. In your head you know it’s go
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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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