Cathy

Cathy Buckle is well known for her writings of daily life in Zimbabwe. These are sent to subscribers around the world and are regularly featured by a number of international print and broadcast media outlets.

Crisis? What Crisis?

Dear Family and Friends, Just before sunrise when the sky was yellow and apricot, a jackal ran out into the road, saw me, turned and ran back into the golden grass. It was a very cold winter morning and there was an icy wind with the temperature hovering around five degrees. The briefest of glimpses …

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Seizing maize and deja vu

Dear Family and Friends, Winter snuck in the back door in an icy blast this week in my home town. It came after two months of bizarre weather: pounding, flooding rain when it should have been bone dry, then cold and misty, then hot again and now a biting wind, four degrees at night, struggling …

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Thirteen cents an hour in Zimbabwe

Dear Family and Friends, With my head swirling trying to make sense of the latest economic absurdities in Zimbabwe I set out into the mist early in the morning. Winter is coming, sunrise is at 6.14am but the mist hangs around in the valleys longer each day, hiding trees and kopjes, rocks and rivers and …

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The Geese and the Post Office

Dear Family and Friends, As dawn breaks in Zimbabwe there’s a delicate pink in the wispy early morning clouds in the days leading up to Easter. We’ve missed the huge floods that are devastating Durban which have left over 250 people dead and a trail of destruction with thousands homeless in South Africa. We’ve missed …

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The time is now to grow food Zimbabwe

Dear Family and Friends, It seems insensitive, almost offensive to write about anything else when bombs and missiles are falling, cities lie in rubble, thousands are being injured, maimed and killed, thousands more are trapped and unable to escape, millions are becoming refugees a world away. A world away in miles, a moment away in …

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Don’t blame the police

Dear Family and Friends, Tropical Cyclone Gombe hit Madagascar ten days ago and then moved across the channel into Mozambique and Malawi and the tail end rains are now in parts of Zimbabwe. The rains are desperately needed but the talk everywhere is of drought as we’ve watched maize crops drying and shriveling before the …

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Evil and Innocence Side by Side

Dear Family and Friends, I am ashamed to start this letter with the news that Zimbabwe abstained from the ‘Aggression against Ukraine’ vote in the UN General Assembly to “demand an immediate halt to Moscow’s attack on Ukraine and the withdrawal of all Russian troops.” I am sad and disappointed that South Africa, our neighbor …

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Zimbabwe’s Thuggery Methods

Dear Family and Friends, I slowed down on the highway as a stream of school kids skipped and cavorted along the roadside at 9am in the morning. Two little boys were showing off, tugging at each other’s rucksacks, play fighting, tumbling in the grass. In the shade the dew was still thick on the grass, …

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