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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.

Coming In And Going Out

Dear Family and Friends, A picture speaks a thousand words and my letter this week is of the pictures that best define the look of Zimbabwe in the early summer of 2018. The skies are bright and blue; the Jacaranda trees are beginning to display their purple flowers and the Mulberry trees are dripping fruit …

What Safe Running Water?

Dear Family and Friends, Wide-eyed and open-mouthed in disbelief, Zimbabwe was shocked to hear that the Minister of Finance had started a crowd funding appeal for Zimbabwe’s cholera outbreak. “Crowd funding? Are you serious?” were the two most common reactions to this unbelievable government response to the cholera outbreak which they had just declared a …
Dear Family and Friends, The dust but not the pain of Zimbabwe’s 2018 elections has now mostly settled. Feelings of disbelief, shock and disgust have been replaced by an abiding sense of betrayal and exhaustion. Betrayal by national institutions and safeguarding systems and exhaustion at the thought of another five years of the same political …
Dear Family and Friends, A few hours before the ruling of the constitutional court I stood in a long queue at a bank in my home town. Despite the large number of people in the queue and many scores more outside waiting to come in, only the enquiries desk and one counter were staffed. Five …
Dear Family and Friends, Sitting on the banks of the beautiful Runde river where the Baobabs tower in gigantic testament to our past and present, the crocodiles were sunbathing, hippos snorting and young elephant bulls cavorted in the river, drinking, blowing bubbles and flopping over in the water. How can a country with such natural …
Dear Family and Friends, The story of Zimbabwe as seen in my home town, the morning after the declaration of Mr Mnangagwa  as the winner of the Presidential election, can be told in a few, brief sentences. There was a stunned, eerie silence over the centre of town. There was no sign of jubilation or …
Dear Family and Friends, I write this letter for posterity, to record exactly what life looks like in my home town today, four days before elections, knowing that this may be the last letter to come from a Zimbabwe run by Zanu PF, hoping that in years to come life in Zimbabwe will not be …
Dear Family and Friends, With just over a week to elections, Zimbabwe is holding its breath, wondering which way our country will go and if we can break free of almost four decades of Zanu PF rule. Four decades in which some people have got very, very rich but most of us have got very, …
Dear Family and Friends, Watching Zimbabwe’s approach to the promised free, fair, transparent and credible election is like watching a train rushing full speed at a brick wall. Every day a new scandal emerges in the election process but still we rush on towards the brick wall in a train driven by ZEC (Zimbabwe Electoral …
Dear Family and Friends, “The spirit of freedom abounds across the land and I am humbled to be walking hand in hand with you to our inevitable final victory.” These were the words of Nelson Chamisa, leader of the MDC Alliance, this week at a press conference in Harare; words that inspired you to keep …

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