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 next........I >> mean they are actually plowing down brick and mortar houses and one white >> family with twin boys of 10 had no chance of salvaging anything when 100 >> 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 now. >> You know - I am aware that this does not help you sleep at night, but if >> 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 off >> 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 frank >> with you, its genocide in the making and if you do not believe me, read >> the Genocide Report by Amnesty International which says we are IN level >> seven (level 8 is after its happened and everyone is in denial). If you >> don't want me to tell you these things then it means you have not dealt >> with your own fear, but it does not help me to think you are turning your >> 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 - oh >> well, that's what happens in Africa. This government has GONE MAD and you >> need to publicize our plight or how can we be rescued? >> >> You can't just say "oh you attract your own reality". The petrol queues >> are a reality, the pall of smoke all around our city is a reality, the >> thousands of homeless people sleeping outside in 0 Celsius with no food >> water, shelter and bedding are a reality. >> >> Today a family approached me, brother of the gardener's wife with two >> 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 take >> another family of 4 - and yet how can I turn them away to sleep out in >> the open? >> >> I am not asking you for money, or a ticket out of here - I am asking >> you to FACE the fact that we are in deep and terrible danger and I want >> 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 people >> that know about it, the more chance we have of United Nations coming to >> 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 we >> "deserve" what's coming to us. For now we ourselves, have food, shelter, >> 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 you >> 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 happening >> 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 here >> they would have an absolute field day. Even the pro government Herald has >> written that people are shocked, stunned, bewildered and blown mindless >> by the wanton destruction of everyone's homes which are supposed to be >> "illegal but which a huge percentage of them actually do have licenses >> for. Please my children - have some compassion and HELP by sending out >> 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!