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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.

Dear Family and Friends, When I met Lydia this week and asked her if I could take her photograph she gripped my hand and nodded, her eyes shining. When I showed her the photograph she stared at it hard, looked at me and whispered her own name: “Lydia;” my eyes, and hers, were bright with …
Dear Family and Friends, I am writing this letter to you on Robert Mugabe Youth Day, a recently proclaimed public holiday. It’s a beautiful day under a hot sun and bright blue sky but it’s hard to see what our youth have got to celebrate. Unemployment around 90%, inflation over 500%, queues for money, food …
Dear Family and Friends When I put my fingers into a black china bowl of water in the sink to scoop out what I thought was a leaf, I found myself holding a small black scorpion. A yelp of alarm, a few unrepeatable swear words and a quick flick of my wrist left the scorpion …
Dear Family and Friends, It never rains but it pours in Zimbabwe. Having melted through weeks of unbearable heat with temperatures over 38 degrees Celsius, the rain finally moved into Zimbabwe with high winds, deep purple clouds and pounding rain. In some places storms of 150 mm (6 inches) of rain were recorded in a …
Dear Family and Friends, Sitting under the shade of a big sausage tree I looked out into the 37 degree heat that characterized many parts of Zimbabwe this Christmas and New Year. A mirage was running across my view and I alternately cursed and smiled at the Vervet monkey which sat in a tree nearby …
Dear Family and Friends, As I write this letter from Zimbabwe today deep purple rain clouds hang over my home town, there is neither electricity nor water but there is what the media are calling ‘feasting  in a  time of famine’ going on not very far away. Seven thousand Zanu PF delegates, VIPs and the …
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Dear Family and Friends, The rains have arrived in Zimbabwe, the first storms coming with violent winds and hail which blew roofs off houses, felled trees, stripped fruit from branches and shredded new young crops. The only happy faces in my garden after a violent hail storm were Mousebirds feasting on the fruit of a …
After 19 years of Letters from Zimbabwe and 8 books about our tragic decline, I am delighted to present another face of our country in my Beautiful Zimbabwe Calendar 2020. To preview images in the calendar and to order, follow this link: www.lulu.com/spotlight/CathyBuckle2018
Dear Family and Friends Two years ago today, on the 14th November 2017, I got up early after a stormy, thundery,  night and switched on ZBC TV, Zimbabwe’s only television station. The day before, army tanks had been seen approaching Harare and overnight there were numerous reports of explosions and gunfire from the capital city. …

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