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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, Sitting at the water’s edge watching hippos and crocodiles, white faced whistling ducks and skittish spoonbills this Easter, the reality of Zimbabwe’s political, economic and humanitarian crisis was never far from my mind. Stopping on the way to my destination I was horrified to discover that the price of bread had …
Dear Family and Friends, The latest Unicef report on the impact of Cyclone Idai in Zimbabwe says that the estimated number of people affected in nine districts has increased to 270,000 of which 129,600 are children. 139 schools were damaged affecting 90,000 children. Unicef say 171 deaths had been reported at the end of March …
Dear Family and Friends, We’ve hardly slept for a week in Zimbabwe, not since we heard those dreaded words:  ‘a cyclone is coming.’ The ominous pictures of the swirling cloud mass of Cyclone Idai coming across the warm Indian Ocean and heading straight for Beira sent chills down our spines. As the cyclone got nearer …
Dear Family and Friends, When a couple of dozen bees scouted out a route under my roof and into my ceiling this week I fiddled around blocking holes with bits of newspaper and the odd squirt from a tin of fly spray  but then the main swarm of thousands arrived and I knew I had …
Dear Family and Friends, Watching a game show on TV the other day the big prize winning question was how many zeroes are there in a trillion.  Not many Zimbabweans have to think for more than a few seconds to come up with the right answer. Thanks to our government’s ruinous economic policies when Robert …
Dear Family and Friends, Draped over the rusty, sagging, diamond mesh fence at the roundabout in my home town today were three sets of Zimbabwe army uniforms. The camouflage trousers and shirts, in plain sight of the thousands of men, women and children who pass the roundabout to get to the industrial area and high …
Dear Family and Friends, Please excuse this, the third shocking letter in three weeks, from Zimbabwe. We may no longer be featured on international news bulletins but the dreadful impact of the state and military crackdown on protestors, opposition and civil society leaders in the past three weeks continues to devastate families and communities and …
Dear Family and Friends, For the past fortnight Zimbabwe and the world have watched, shocked and horrified, the deeply disturbing events taking place in our country. For the second time in six months soldiers are again in our towns and cities, on our streets and at police roadblocks. Yet again we do not know why …
Dear Family and Friends, This has been one of the worst weeks in Zimbabwe for many years and has left us shocked, frightened and very uncertain about what is happening and what lies ahead for us in the coming days and weeks. I am writing this letter from Zimbabwe during a brief window in which …
Dear Family and Friends, With hearts in our mouths and eyes continually checking the fuel gauge, a friend and I took a trip in Zimbabwe over what was the leanest Christmas season anyone could remember. The planning of the trip hadn’t been about what to pack, where to stay or when to go but instead …

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