The Fortitude of Zimbabweans

November 6, 2015 § Leave a comment

“I wish there were a better word than victims to describe what these people are. It seems so inert, so passive, and weak. And that is not what they are at all. There is dignity to their suffering. Even as they tell me how they have fled, how they have hidden, how they have been humiliated and mocked, there is little self-pity here. Survivors, I suppose defines them better. Again, and again, as I play stenographer to their suffering, I offer to conceal their names or geographical districts to prevent them being identified. But again, and again, they volunteer their names, and make sure I spell them correctly. They are proud of their roles in all of this, at the significance of their sacrifice. And they want it recorded.”

An excerpt from The Fear: The Last Days of Robert Mugabe by Peter Godwin.

What a cruel twist of irony: that in a country where many do not live to see their fortieth birthday, one man, whom you would gladly see roll over and die, lives well into his nineties. There was a glimmer of hope with the establishment of the coalition government in 2008/2009, but with the turn of events in 2013 Zimbabwe has been hurled back in to the abyss. All because of one man and his lust for power.


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