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Snakes, eels and burning maize bags
June 30, 2012, 9:19 am

 

Dear Family and Friends,

Standing on a bridge, looking down into a cold mountain river, I wondered what the chances were of seeing a trout. It was a quiet winters morning in an uninhabited area and my patience was rewarded, not with a fish but with a reptile. A thin green snake swam across the river, sliding on the surface of the water, from one bank to the other. At the
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Less is more
June 23, 2012, 5:49 am

 

Dear Family and Friends,
Front page headlines midweek screamed the shocking news that President Mugabe’s trip to Brazil was costing the country seven million US dollars. The President had gone to Rio de Janeiro in Brazil to attend a UN summit on Sustainable Development. He was accompanied by a delegation of ninety two people.

The next day I attended a meeting a
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Already in the barracks?
June 16, 2012, 10:31 am

 

Dear Family and Friends,
Winter has arrived in Zimbabwe in a freezing blast. Occasional light dustings of frost suddenly escalated to almost daily white carpets blanketing low lying, exposed ground in the mornings. Everything in the path of the frost has been burnt. The last traces of green in the bush and across open plains disappeared and were replaced with tall golden gra
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Paws and noses
June 9, 2012, 8:52 am

 

Dear Family and Friends,
They say that a picture speaks a thousand words and that was never more true than in  Zimbabwe this week.

The  picture was of paws and noses.  Toes and little black noses could just be seen in a  gap the height of a brick, at the bottom of a trucks’ steel door. This picture came from Meryl Harrison, who became intern
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Blood in the dust
June 2, 2012, 7:56 am

 

Dear Family and Friends,

With overnight temperatures starting to drop below 5 degrees Celsius and frost peeping over the hedges, winter is upon us but it’s not just the temperatures that have left us chilled and shivering in the last few days.    

Hardly had the UN Human Rights commissioner Navi Pillay left  Zimbabwe after her five day vi
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