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

If silence could talk
November 30, 2013, 6:23 am


Dear Family and Friends,

The large banking and enquiries hall of the local government owned telephone company was all but deserted on the second last day of the month. One man, a security guard, leant against the wall staring out the window, a glazed, bored look on his face. ‘Are you open?’ I asked, surprised that there wasn’t anyone either manning the c
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One hundred thousand dollar dinner
November 23, 2013, 9:22 am


Dear Family and Friends,

After weeks of searing heat and endlessly bright blue skies, the rain finally arrived. In my home town for the past fortnight we’ve been recording temperatures of 32 degrees in the shade by ten in the morning and a staggering 47 degrees centigrade in direct sun. Everything about the weather this year has been strange with seasons running six
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Thank you Iain Kay
November 17, 2013, 8:07 am

My letter from Zimbabwe today is just this short message: Marondera's brave and long suffering fighter for democracy and change, Iain Kay, has been suspended from the MDC for five years.

Not only was Iain Marondera's MP in the Unity Government, he worked tirelessly on the Constitutional Commission.

Iain has been suspended from the MDC after comparing the MDC to a football team a
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Casting shadows on our streets
November 9, 2013, 6:54 am


Dear Family and Friends,

Standing on the pavement  waiting for a friend outside a shop this week,  I noticed a tall barefoot woman holding the hand of a little boy who was maybe three or four years old. Both the woman and the child looked to be in a bad way: dirty, dishevelled and gaunt. It was a scorching day, the heat was beating down and in the shadow cast by
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Weak at the knees
November 2, 2013, 10:28 am


Dear Family and Friends,

It’s that gorgeous time of year in Zimbabwe when the first rains are beginning to fall  after six long, dry months and everything comes back to life almost overnight. The voices of a thousand frogs at night, the singing of a million cicadas in the day. Giant moths under the lights in the morning,  sausage flies buzzing round in cir
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