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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, On the evening of the same day of the State Funeral for Zimbabwe’s former President Robert Mugabe, a doctor was forcibly taken from his home in Harare. While dignitaries and VIPs from around Africa wined and dined after a day in the sun and the dust at Mr Mugabe’s funeral, three …
Dear Family and Friends, The end of an era in Zimbabwe’s history has come. Robert Mugabe died in Singapore on 6 September 2019 aged 95. Ironically he did not die in his own country which he ruled for 38 years or in a Zimbabwean government hospital where doctors are on strike and where hospital staff …
Dear Family and Friends, Under the arms of the shady Sausage tree I sat with a group of friends watching the sandy river bed to see what we could see. We had just been watching warthogs feasting in a pile of elephant dung but now the vultures were circling, anticipation was high.  A pair of …
Dear Family and Friends, I am writing this letter to you from Zimbabwe on Friday 16th August 2019 with a very heavy heart. Despite a year of rhetoric from President Mnangagwa that this was a ‘New Dispensation’ and that we were ‘Open For Business’, events of today showed us, and the world, that absolutely nothing …
Dear Family and Friends, A year ago this week Zimbabwe was brought to its knees when army trucks and tanks rolled into the capital city of Harare and soldiers armed with assault rifles and live ammunition, opened fire on unarmed civilians and killed in cold blood: Ishmael Kumire (41), Silvia Maphosa (53), Gavin Dean Charles …
Dear Family and Friends, A red light or high pitched alarm are the two most dreaded things in our lives in Zimbabwe today. They mean that the car has almost run out of fuel, the prepaid electricity meter is about to run out of money, the phone battery is almost flat, the internet connection has …
Dear Family and Friends, As the sun slips into the horizon these winter evenings, we linger outside to soak in the orange splendor. A bird in silhouette flaps silently across the orange and gold sky and an owl emerges high up in a tree to survey the approaching night. There’s nothing tempting us to go …
Dear Family and Friends, Returning to Zimbabwe after a short time away nothing can prepare you for what awaits. The sky is bright and blue, the grass tall and golden and the people always friendly and welcoming. Fleeting glimpses of starlings, kingfishers, louries and hoopoes remind you of the wonderful diversity of life in winter …
Dear Family and Friends, Very early in the morning, long before dawn, as the frost settles on the ground, we get out of bed the moment our eyes open in order to beat the power cuts. Kettle on, fill flasks, charge batteries, plug in phones, pots on the stove, answer emails. These are the priorities, …
Dear Family and Friends, Down on the banks of the muddy Mazowe River I sat practicing my multiplication. Having just about got the hang of my three and half times-tables a week ago, now I had to master the four and half’s if I was to keep up with Zimbabwe’s soaring black market rates. Could …

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