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African Tears Beyond Tears Innocent Victims Imire Can you hear the drums, by Cathy Buckle


Cracks and crevices and holes in the ground
October 30, 2010, 12:23 pm

 

 

Dear Family and Friends,

The first real rain of the season arrived in the last week of October. It emerged from low purple clouds highlighted by vivid streaks of white, crackling, lightning. After six dry months, we sat below, expectant, panting, longing! It was a typically African storm, the rain pounding down so hard that in minutes everything was afloat.
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We have not forgotten
October 23, 2010, 7:53 am

 

 

Dear Family and Friends,

Both Mr Mugabe and Mr Tsvangirai are openly talking about elections being held in 2011. Just the word “elections” reminds us of the hell of 2008: a time and place we never want to go back to. 

In January 2008 we were all going across our borders to buy basic supplies because our own shops were empty thanks t
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"Go Away"
October 16, 2010, 12:32 pm

 

 

Dear Family and Friends,

On a sweltering October day I took a friend to his home in a rural village. It was midday when we left the nearby town and we were loaded down with maize seed, fertilizer, fencing wire, a banana tree, bicycle and a number of bags and boxes. It was one of those days that are so hot, you feel as if you are melting. A day when clothes
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Tea, Cricket and Truth
October 9, 2010, 12:54 pm

 

 

Dear Family and Friends,

When South Africa’s Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu turned 79 this week and announced he was retiring from public life, I felt very sad for Zimbabwe. Desmond Tutu has been an earnest, dedicated and unflagging supporter of the ordinary people of Zimbabwe. Throughout the last decade he has been consistently outspoken about the
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Ancient treasures
October 2, 2010, 4:51 pm

 

 

Dear Family and Friends,

When a Zimbabwean living in the Diaspora asked for a photograph of Bushman paintings recently, the request provided the perfect excuse for an outing into our beautiful bush and kopjes. The brief excursion also allowed me to see what a tourist might see. What an eye opener it was.

On a clear summer morning a friend and I trav
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