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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, 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 …

Back To Bush Tactics

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 …

The Price Of Paradise?

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 …
Dear Family and Friends, Christmas in Zimbabwe is a simple affair As we come to the end of another year. For hour after hour we sit in the fuel queues Trying really hard not to get the blues. We don’t need to worry about Coke, Fanta or Beer Only one per customer so we’ll stock …
Dear Family and Friends, For some months I’ve been writing about the ongoing medical crisis in Zimbabwe and last week it all became very personal. When the phone rang early in the morning and a friend needed to go to hospital urgently, the reality of our dire situation came home with a bang. When I …

Finding Our Voices

Dear Family and Friends With feelings of profound nostalgia, Zimbabweans are remembering the events of this time last year and trying to hold on, for just a little longer, to the hopes and dreams that we were so sure were within our grasp. For a few exhilarating days in November 2017 we had enormous hope …
Dear Family and Friends, Forgive me for my emotion today. Eighteen years of writing these letters to you and almost a year after Mr Mugabe left office, we are hurtling back to the anguish of 2008. My letter from Zimbabwe this week is an open letter to our President. Dear Mr President, Often we hear …

Tadpoles In The Shark Pond

Dear Family and Friends, All semblance of normal has gone. Three months since Zanu PF returned to power for the 38th year, under a new President, the wheels in Zimbabwe are falling off. The nightmare combination of no fuel, no bank notes, no medicine and a growing list of food and toiletries that aren’t available, …

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