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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.

When Winners Are Losers

Dear Family and Friends, Under a bright blue sky and with the golden grass swaying in the cool winter wind, Zimbabwe is holding its breath this June. Our neighbourhoods and gardens are filled with the clear, alluring voices of Orioles and Shrikes and the piercing whistles of young Hawks and Eagles as they learn to …
Dear Family and Friends, Zimbabwe is approaching the crossroads; an election date has been announced and we will go to the polls on Monday 30th July 2018. For the first time in 38 years we will have neither Robert Mugabe nor Morgan Tsvangirai as Presidential candidates.  This is a critical, watershed period for our country. …

Nothing To Go Back To

Dear Family and Friends, With the recent news that compensation may finally be forthcoming for farmers whose properties have been compulsorily acquired by the Zimbabwe government since 2000, many of us now face a time of extremely painful memories and decisions. Those of us whose farms were grabbed by war veterans and Zanu PF supporters …
Dear Family and Friends, Its eighteen years and two months since the seizure of privately owned commercial farms by the Zanu PF government and their supporters began and Zimbabwe is beginning to count the costs. Front page headlines of a Zimbabwean weekly newspaper this week put a number on Zimbabwe’s land invasions since March 2000 …

The Call Of The Nightjar

Dear Family and Friends, I met a man on a riverbank on a sunny morning under a bright blue Zimbabwean sky. It was Independence Day, the 18th April 2018.  Mountains shimmered hazy and blue on the far horizon and cow bells clanged somewhere in the thick bush nearby. The man was in his late thirties, …
Dear Family and Friends, April in Zimbabwe is the time when winter starts peeping round the corner: days get shorter, temperatures start dropping and mosquitoes finally stop whining in your ears. It’s the time when the guavas are big and yellow with pink, juicy flesh and when groundnuts and nyimo beans are fresh from the …

The Honeymoon Is Over

Dear Family and Friends, The honeymoon is over in Zimbabwe. Four and a half months after the army made Mr Mugabe resign and enabled Mr Mnangagwa to take over as President, the infatuation of the nation has worn off. Every day we are being bombarded with good news stories:”investors knocking on the door,” “huge deals …
Dear Family and Friends, These March mornings the mist hangs low and thick at dawn. The tall roadside grass, heavily laden with dew and seeds, bows deeply, its gold and green interspersed with pink and white Cosmos flowers. Out of the early morning mist a Francolin emerges, runs a few steps, pecks at grains in …
Dear Family and Friends, We are in danger of getting webbed feet in many parts of Zimbabwe after a month of very heavy downpours. In my area we’ve had half of our annual rainfall in the last three weeks. Roadside crops that were wilting and looking like onions a few weeks ago, are now sitting …
Dear Family and Friends, Zimbabwe has just heard news of the death of Morgan Tsvangirai, a man who had become a beacon of hope in Zimbabwe for the last two decades. Founder and leader of opposition party MDC, Mr Tsvangirai will be remembered as a brave man who made extreme sacrifices to try and bring …

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