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Letters from Zimbabwe began in February 2000, providing eye witness accounts of seventeen years of upheaval, farm invasions, political violence, social turmoil and catastrophic economic collapse which eventually led to the resignation of Robert Mugabe in November 2017.

These blogs about life in Zimbabwe, continue the story, starting from January 2018.

Umvumvumvu River bridge, Chimanimani June 2021 © Cathy Buckle
Dear Family and Friends, Winter arrived with thunder, lightning and rain in Zimbabwe this week. Thunder and lightning in June are unheard of and sent us running for cover and pulling out plugs. One day later the cold arrived and as I write this letter the forecast is 4 degrees Celsius rising to a maximum …
Dear Family and Friends, On a deeply shaded road under a low, cloudy sky, the mist kept reaching down and cloaking the giant trees in Zimbabwe’s Eastern Highlands. This is the Zimbabwe of huge kopjes and towering mountains, of clear cold rivers, stunning scenery and spectacular waterfalls. It was a bad road, progress was very …
Dear Family and Friends, In our beautiful wide blue skies of early May, winter warned us she was near and sent a cold wind, grey sky and unexpected rain this week. Temperatures overnight plunged into single digits and during the day into the low teens. Zimbabwe got out her blankets and put on her wooly hats. …
Dear Family and Friends, After a short time away I was travelling home on Zimbabwe’s 41st Independence Day. It had been a long journey, over 1650 kilometres, filled with images of life in our country that seem to have come from another era, a place where time has stood still and there is little sign …
Dear Family and Friends, Happy Easter from Zimbabwe. Twenty one years ago I started writing this Letter From Zimbabwe, telling the story of events in our country week by week from my perspective, never knowing that so many people in so many places around the world would want to read it. This Letter today is …
Dear Family and Friends, Blue skies and sunshine are filling our days this March in Zimbabwe as our prolific rainy season starts to wane. Up in the trees absurdly hairy orange caterpillars spend their days zipped up close together in fiery orange mats, waiting for darkness when they break up the pack and spread out …
JUST RELEASED ! Delighted to advise that my book “INNOCENT VICTIMS” about Meryl Harrison’s rescues of animals stranded during land invasions in Zimbabwe, published by Merlin Unwin in UK is now available as a paperback. Follow this link to order: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Innocent-Victims-Rescuing-Zimbabwes-invasions/dp/1910723894/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=innocent+victims+by+catherine+buckle&qid=1611754928&sr=8-1
Dear Family and Friends, Heading north east on the highway a few days after the easing of the latest Covid lockdown it was a joy to be able to see our beautiful Zimbabwe again. How I had missed her! Ahead of me a huge 30 tonne rig had stopped and the driver was buying a …
Dear Family and Friends, Navigating  a field of red mud that covered the potholed road, the scene in front of me was beautiful and desperate side by side, a scene which has become the dramatically contrasting face of Zimbabwe that we see every day, everywhere we go, forty one years after independence. On the left …

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