Zimbabwe.. And its happening right now

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  1. An email received by a friend. I think it's worth passing this one on, what with the Party conference season, assorted hurricanes and the sand pit, it's easy to forget:-

    (Sorry about all the extraneous arrows, it's a straight copy as received)

    A letter from Zimbabwe
    >> Sent in by John Winter:
    >> I reckon that these are the last days of TKM and ZPF.
    >> The darkest hour is always before dawn.
    >> We are all terrified at what they are going to destroy
    >> mean they are actually plowing down brick and mortar houses and one
    >> family with twin boys of 10 had no chance of salvaging anything when
    >> riot police came in with AK's and bulldozers and demolished their
    >> beautiful house - 5 bedrooms and pine ceilings - because it was "too
    >> close to the airport"..so we are feeling extremely insecure right
    >> You know - I am aware that this does not help you sleep at night, but
    >> you do not know - how can you help?
    >> Even if you put us in your own mental ring of light and send your
    >> guardian angels to be with us - that is a help - but I feel so cut
    >> from you all knowing I cannot tell you what's going on here simply
    >> because you will feel uncomfortable. There is no ways we can leave so

    >> that is not an option. I just ask that you all pray for us in the way

    >> that you know how, and let me know that you are thinking of us and
    >> sending out positive vibes... that's all.
    >> You can't just be in denial and pretend its not going on. To be
    >> with you, its genocide in the making and if you do not believe me,
    >> the Genocide Report by Amnesty International which says we are IN
    >> seven (level 8 is after its happened and everyone is in denial). If
    >> don't want me to tell you these things then it means you have not
    >> with your own fear, but it does not help me to think you are turning
    >> back on our situation.
    >> We need you to get the news OUT that we are all in a fearfully
    >> dangerous situation here. Too many people turn their backs and say -
    >> well, that's what happens in Africa. This government has GONE MAD and
    >> need to publicize our plight or how can we be rescued?
    >> You can't just say "oh you attract your own reality". The petrol
    >> are a reality, the pall of smoke all around our city is a reality,
    >> thousands of homeless people sleeping outside in 0 Celsius with no
    >> water, shelter and bedding are a reality.
    >> Today a family approached me, brother of the gardener's wife with
    >> small children. Their home was trashed and they will have to sleep
    >> outside. We already support 8 people and a child on this property and

    >> electricity is going up next month by 250% as is water. How can I
    >> another family of 4 - and yet how can I turn them away to sleep out
    >> the open?
    >> I am not asking you for money, or a ticket out of here - I am
    >> you to FACE the fact that we are in deep and terrible danger and I
    >> you to pass on our news and pictures and don't just press the delete
    >> button for God's sake. Help in the way that you know how. Face the
    >> reality of what is going on here and SEND OUT THE WORD. The more
    >> that know about it, the more chance we have of United Nations coming
    >> our aid.
    >> Please stop ignoring and denying what's happening. Would you like
    to be
    >> protected from the truth and then if we are eliminated how would you
    >> feel? Surely you would say "if only we knew how bad it really was we
    >> could have helped in some way". I know we chose to stay here and so
    >> "deserve" what's coming to us. For now we ourselves, have food,
    >> a little fuel and a bit of money for the next meal - but what is
    going to
    >> happen next? Will they start on our houses? All property is going to
    >> belong to the State now. I want to send out my Title Deeds to one of
    >> because if they get a hold of those I can't fight for my rights.
    >> We no longer have SW radio which told us everything that was
    >> because the government jammed it out of existence - we don't have any

    >> reporters, and no one is allowed to photograph. If we had reporters
    >> they would have an absolute field day. Even the pro government Herald
    >> written that people are shocked, stunned, bewildered and blown
    >> by the wanton destruction of everyone's homes which are supposed to
    >> "illegal but which a huge percentage of them actually do have
    >> for. Please my children - have some compassion and HELP by sending
    >> the articles and personal reports so that something can be DONE.
    >> "In Germany they came first for the Communists,
    >> and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Communist.
    >> Then they came for the Jews,
    >> and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Jew.
    >> Then they came for the trade unionists,
    >> and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a trade unionist.
    >> Then they came for the Catholics,
    >> and I didn't speak up because I was a Protestant.
    >> Then they came for me,
    >> and by that time no one was left to speak up."
    >> Martin Niemoeller
    Okay, I know this reads like one of those form letters you get now and again but that doesn't necessarily mean it ain't true; things are still pretty shitty in Mugabistan and won't get any better even if the evil old cnut snuffs it!

    Pity there's no oil in Zim- GWB and Bliar'd be in there like a shot but, for the moment, the Comrades get a free hand to commit gencide!
  2. Has to be admitted that it is pretty nightmarish. I haven't seen any palls of smoke, mind you, and although fuel is now a wispy dream over most of the country it can still be had if you know where. A group in Bulawayo who imported it from Zambia, paying the standard rate on import duty of (I think) 25% suddenly found this week that the duty had gone up to 160%, so Bulawayo is grinding down. Interest has gone to 300%, foreign currency is simply ripped out of your account if you're a foreign-based organisation now, and the inflation rate is asinine. The constitution has been changed to simply make title deeds worth less than the paper they're on, so in effect all farms now belong to the state, while farmers (might...) hold a 99-year lease if they're very lucky. A bottle of water which cost Z$10,000 two weeks ago now costs Z$25,000. I can't even work out now how much that really is in $US or Rand terms. Local salaries are a joke. How local African people on even middle incomes survive is beyond me.

    The astonishing thing about it all is that nobody dares to question whether it's all a Good or Bad Thing. Well, certainly not in public. There's a sort of prevailing hallucinogenic optimism which has its' victims convinced that Everything's going to get better, soon. However, as 'John Winter' said above, "oh well, that's what happens in Africa".

    Yup, that's what happens in Africa.
  3. sending a copy of this to No 10 see if they will take notice

    won't hold my breath tho.
  4. Its a fcuking disgrace. I've got a family friend who had to flee the country and leave everything his family owned behind. They were well off until that pr1ck Mugabe interfered. The stories that he has relayed have horrified me


    If any country needs a regime change, it's Zimbabwe.

    I know I'm probably going to upset some people with my comments but would nothing have been done if it were Black people being persecuted by White people?
  5. Thanks, PTP. Knew I'd seen something along those lines before. I'm afraid the fact is that if you don't know which way the wind is blowing in Africa, you've no business being resident there. My family had to leave in the mid-sixties, although in relatively calm circumstances. Since then (and after leaving HMF) I've worked around the continent a little, and although it's sad to see the bad times and circumstances that great numbers of people go through, at other times you do see successes. Possibly cynically, though, I tend to see those successes as short-term and rare events, almost exlcusively funded and run from abroad. I don't dare say that they are almost exclusively funded and run by white Europeans, or that they are exclusively commercial in nature, as opposed to voluntary charitable efforts which are inevitably disastrous in the short, medium and long-terms, and a waste of Christian sympathy among the donor populations.
    I've had to bite my tongue more often in Zimbabwe and RSA than anywhere else, because there is a level of wholly unfounded (publicly expressed)optimism among people of both European and African origin about the future of their countries under governing cliques who may have agendas at variance with the social and financial wellbeing of their populations. Sometimes you can see the glint of desperation in the eyes of those who smile as they say that it's going to get better, man, much better.
  6. Cutaway

    Cutaway LE Reviewer

    I think most posters know wher I stand when it comes to Oom Bob and his family ruining one of the most beautiful countries on this earth, but I'm beginning to think that we shouldn't be so harsh on him.

    After all, the cretins that campaigned to put him in power,(despite them knowing the square root of sod all about the country, area or even the continent,) have shown him how to behave.

    If you want something, take it.
    If the truth is inconvenient, lie.
    If a law is incommodious to you, ignore it.
    If someone disagrees with what you decree, remove them.

    Ergo Mugabe is only aping what The Glorious Leader and The Great Satan have shown him.
    Check the link for a few examples: