** Zimbabwe-Starving to Death **
Posted 10 February 2003 - 10:43 AM
VikingRus <bbs.newsfromrussia.com/posticon.gif> posted 10-28-2002 18:54 [Click Here to See the Profile for VikingRus]
As long as our own people from Europe had the management = everybody can eat (incl. the blacks).
Then mr. Palme & Co. arrived and the final result of their socialist ideas is what we see today.
From Cathy Buckle
Dear Family and Friends,
I have watched international news coverage recently of horrors going on in other parts of the world to try and put the crisis in Zimbabwe into perspective. Maybe it's because I'm a woman or maybe it's because I'm getting older, but lots of things reduce me to tears these days. The night club bombing in Bali, the sniper in Washington and the rebel taekover of a Russian theatre have all caused much despair in my heart. When you see ordinary people losing everything that they treasure and just sobbing in the street you begin to wonder if the whole world has gone mad. Amidst all these tragedies there are two common factors and that is that when something goes horribly wrong, the worlds cameras are there and the citizens of a country turn to their police and army for help. These two binding factors are the very things that Zimbabwe so desperately needs.
We have no one to turn to for help and the feeling of aloneness is utterly soul destroying. A few weeks ago I wrote about the wife of the commander of Zimbabwe's army seizing one of our last farms and telling the owners they had better leave in a hurry because she hadn't tasted white blood for 22 years. This week the news broke that this very woman not only seized someone's farm and destroyed their lives, she went on to sell all the farmers produce and pocket the money. Jocelyn Chiwenga sold the stolen produce to the Sainsbury supermarket chain in England and realised half a million pounds in the process. Contacted by newspapers, Sainsbury's supermarkets said they thought the farm had been legally taken over and the owners compensated.
This is one example of thousands which demonstrate how alone we have become and how so few people really know what is happening here. Farmers have not been paid, compensation has not been given and not one single part of the entire land re-distribution here has been legal. There are no foreign journalists left in Zimbabwe to tell our story and no one for us to turn to for help inside the country because the very people who should be protecting us, are at the head of the pillage and destruction of Zimbabwe.
If the world's cameras were here then I wouldn't have to tell you that Zimbabwe is slowly and painfully starving to death. I won't bore you with the increasingly long list of staple food items that are no longer available in our shops but the tragedy for us all is just beginning. This week I travelled from Marondera to Harare and the view from the window can only be described as utterly desolate. On the 67 kilometre journey through what was always prime and very productive farm land there is literally only one crop to be seen on the side of the road. This is a small 5 hectare square of tobacco. The dairy cows are gone. The beef herds no longer exist, there are no sheep or goats to see. The timber plantations have been felled and cut up into piles of wood which are being sold on the roadsides by thin, hungry men. Youngsters stand with jars of wild honey and women with small enamel bowls of wild Mahobohobo fruits. The vegetable stalls are all gone. You can no longer buy fresh farm produce as there are no plums or mushrooms, no potatoes or oranges. There is absolutely nothing here anymore. Most of the fencing has gone and leaves a deserted and desolate look to the countryside.
The biggest tragedy of it all is that there is no sign whatsoever of any production on all these farms that have been seized by our government and security forces. There is no sign of land preparation, the fields have not been ploughed and the soil has not been turned. Sweeping fields which once held wheat, maize and vegetables or were filled with sheep and cattle are lying barren. The only thing to see is little dusty footpaths zig-zagging into the horizon. There is a hand painted sign on the main highway which says "Wooden flowers for sale" and further on two men sit with their wares which are varnished tree roots and drift wood.
This morning I wept as I held an emigrating friends dog in my arms as it was euthenased and then I carried it home to be buried in my garden. The vet is no longer able to bury dogs as his property too has been taken over in this insanity which our government says is correcting historical imbalances and giving land to the landless. An entire country has been destroyed by a political party determined to stay in power but not interested in the suffering of the people. When will the world hear our cry for help?
Doug <bbs.newsfromrussia.com/posticon.gif> posted 10-28-2002 19:44 [Click Here to See the Profile for Doug]
RRBum <bbs.newsfromrussia.com/posticon.gif> posted 10-28-2002 20:42 [Click Here to See the Profile for RRBum]
Southern Africa reverts to negroid jungle savagery.
In South Africa, ultramodern office towers become refuges for negro squatters, defecating in the hallways, looking for victims to rob and rape.
As we always told you, democracy in black afica means, one man, one vote, one time.
We always told you that!
Not a single peep from the Washington regime or the US media abut the ongoing systematic torture, rape, and murder of the european population of southern africa.
This is the same government and media that would go on endlessly about black rioters killed by "apartheid" policemen.
It's coming your way too, USA and UK, and western europe, and the hypocrites in australia too.
Negroid savagery is already terrorizing the streets of your great western cities, London, etc.
Once-great cities like Detroit, Michigan or your capital, Washington, DC are largely no-go areas for White people.
VikingRus <bbs.newsfromrussia.com/posticon.gif> posted 10-29-2002 05:57 [Click Here to See the Profile for VikingRus]
This is how I understand it to be also. That Olof Palme did a good job....But what about all our own people there whom did build-up those two countries ?
Can we let them suffer the same ?
VA <bbs.newsfromrussia.com/posticon.gif> posted 10-29-2002 06:01 [Click Here to See the Profile for VA]
Didn't you post 6 months ago that you didn't give a damn about Zimbabwe (due to the "evil" Marie-Claire?
Those in the bandwidth "remember".
VikingRus <bbs.newsfromrussia.com/posticon.gif> posted 10-29-2002 06:08 [Click Here to See the Profile for VikingRus]
VikingRus has never declared any "Marie Claire" for evil. This is your own invention.
VA <bbs.newsfromrussia.com/posticon.gif> posted 10-29-2002 06:12 [Click Here to See the Profile for VA]
Gosh, now where were those posts again?
Marie is the one whom you expounded that you will "protect" her. Then you betrayed her. A fabrication? Your own words betray you.
I mock you from a distance.
VikingRus <bbs.newsfromrussia.com/posticon.gif> posted 10-29-2002 06:17 [Click Here to See the Profile for VikingRus]
For a change, can you let such a "Marie Claire" talk for herself.
Posted 10 February 2003 - 10:45 AM
From Brian Mangwende in Mutare and Pedzisai Ruhanya in Harare
THREE MDC supporters in Chipinge South were beaten to death on Saturday allegedly by members of the army, as part of a nationwide exercise to punish those who voted for Morgan Tsvangirai, the losing presidential candidate.
The tragedy occurred at Chitepo business centre about 40km south of
Checheche growth point. The three, whose names could not be released immediately, died at their homes after the assault.
Pishai Muchauraya, the MDC spokesman in Manicaland, said the murder as deplorable.
He said: ?Three of our supporters died after they were beaten up by soldiers. They died at their homes on Saturday. Four others were admitted to Chipinge District Hospital.?
In Norton, in another case of post-election violence, Terry Ford of Gowrie Farm was bludgeoned to death yesterday morning by suspected war veterans and Zanu PF supporters who have occupied part of his property since the farm invasions in 2000.
The Norton police said they had arrested three Zanu PF youths who are among the settlers on the farm.
The officer-in-charge of Norton police station, who refused to be identified, yesterday said: ?You will not get anything at the moment. You will get the information from our superiors.?
He then drove to the police station to get more officers to assist in the hunt for suspected accomplices in the murder, suspected to be armed war veterans.
When reporters arrived at the scene yesterday, Ford?s body was lying in a pool of blood at the entrance to his house.
Six heavily armed policemen were on guard.
One policeman was heard saying: ?We simply need reinforcements and instructions to go ahead. If he plays games with us we should shoot him.?
This was an apparent reference to a war veteran leader at the base whom the workers suspected to have led the team which murdered Ford.
Asani Hali, the security guard at the farm, said before Ford was shot two settlers arrived at his house and demanded that he hand over his gun to them, but he refused and ran away.
Hali said: ?I heard some noise at the Ford house. Later five shots rang out. I was then told by one of the workers that Ford had been shot dead. We suspect it was the settlers who killed him.?
RRBum <bbs.newsfromrussia.com/posticon.gif> posted 10-30-2002 02:44 [Click Here to See the Profile for RRBum]
Not one peep from the pencil-necked geek in the white house or the US media! Not a peep!
Instead, they are planning more aid for the poooor starving niggers of Rhodesia (starving, now that they've murdered the white farmers!)
OverSword <bbs.newsfromrussia.com/posticon.gif> posted 10-30-2002 03:12 [Click Here to See the Profile for OverSword]
Although RRB is a despicable hater, on these points, as far as my knowledge goes, he is correct.
I believe in fairness and say that the black africans and the white africans should be treated equally, obviously they are not.
RRBum <bbs.newsfromrussia.com/posticon.gif> posted 10-30-2002 03:23 [Click Here to See the Profile for RRBum]
"Although RRB is a despicable hater..."
I tell it like it is, chump.
VikingRus <bbs.newsfromrussia.com/posticon.gif> posted 10-30-2002 13:00 [Click Here to See the Profile for VikingRus]
Yes rrb. That is exactly what it is about. They "removed" a good management due to lack of better understanding.
Also the socialists and communists in this forum=they are not interested. It appears so.
DONDAN <bbs.newsfromrussia.com/posticon.gif> posted 10-31-2002 01:21 [Click Here to See the Profile for DONDAN]
GorillaTheater <bbs.newsfromrussia.com/posticon.gif> posted 10-31-2002 17:55 [Click Here to See the Profile for GorillaTheater]
Well, it seems to me that in just a few more decades, the black population of southern Africa will be so decimated by AIDS that the whites, if they haven't been largely run off by then, will be in a pretty good position to retake everything south of the Zambezi.
VikingRus <bbs.newsfromrussia.com/posticon.gif> posted 10-31-2002 18:45 [Click Here to See the Profile for VikingRus]
What a nice cat DONDAN........ VikingRus <bbs.newsfromrussia.com/posticon.gif> posted 11-03-2002 10:20 [Click Here to See the Profile for VikingRus]
Yes, i hope AIDS will decimate this scum on Earth ! I simply don't understand why "my own People" concentrate on making life better for all those whom will cut-our-neck when they are many enough to have 'democratic' power.
WHY , they so easely forget their own People in pain and distress.
Zimbabwe - Vindictive
From Cathy Buckle
Dear Family and Friends,
I sat listening to Short Wave Radio Africa in my kitchen a few nights ago and could hardly believe the static-laden words filling the room. A Radio Africa reporter was conducting a telephone interview with a man in Insiza who was describing the horrific violence and intimidation that was taking place in the run up to a parliamentary election. Suddenly the man said he had to go because the place was being stormed by government supporters. "They are coming" he shouted and left his telephone on so that the world could hear just exactly what happens when elections take place in Zimbabwe.
In this parliamentary By Election in a remote, dusty and very hungry corner of Matabeleland South, Zanu PF claimed victory yet again. The ruling party's candidate apparently got 12,000 votes while the opposition MDC candidate only won 5,000 votes. Barely 7 months ago in the Presidential election almost these exact same figures were announced but the results were the other way around, MDC 12,000 and Zanu PF 5,000. On the surface, and to an outsider, it is hard to believe that a population can change it's mind in such a short space of time but when you are beaten, broken and hungry I suppose you will do anything. "We had no choice, we needed food" one voter told newspapers. In the weeks preceeding the election it would not be an understatement to say that all hell broke loose in Insiza. 16 MDC supporters and 8 MDC activists were arrested. The MDC parliamentary candidate was stopped by police at a road block and refused entry into his constituency. The MDC were denied access to the voters roll and one of their supporters was shot in the back either by the winning Zanu PF candidate or his aid. The UN stopped distributing emergency food aid in Insiza 10 days before the elections saying that the food distribution was being manipulated by the government. Government officials apparently purloined 3 metric tonnes of maize from an aid organization and gave it out at rallies telling voters they would only be given the food if Zanu PF won the election. On voting day observers and diplomats confirmed that great piles of maize meal stood outside polling stations.
Once the counting was over and the results had been announced, the winners did what has become the norm in Zimbabwe - they celebrated wildly and then went on the rampage. To Zanu PF victory is vindictive and 11 MDC polling agents were rounded up, taken away and severely assaulted. The MDC offices in Bulawayo were stoned and several vehicles damaged. Contacted for comment on their win, a Zanu PF offical said he was too busy celebrating and told the reporter to "call Britain for comment." Four days after Zanu PF won the election in Insiza two lists of farms to be seized by the government were published in the state owned Herald newspaper. There were 54 farms listed, 40 of which are located in Insiza. Perhaps these 40 farms will be given to the men who did the beating and abducting, the stoning and shooting.
We have all come to dread elections of any sort in Zimbabwe. All are filled with violence and intimidation and it has become a luxury for people to vote with their head, heart or conscience. In Zimbabwe people are forced to vote with their stomachs. The tragedy is that by doing so the people may get maize in their stomachs for the next few weeks but their hunger will return when their new MP forgets them and all the farms in the area are taken over and given to the men who beat them into submission in the first place. It has become a vicious circle of violence and hunger where surviving each day has become the only thing that matters.
Until next week,
with love, cathy.
CecilRhodes <bbs.newsfromrussia.com/posticon.gif> posted 11-03-2002 11:38 [Click Here to See the Profile for CecilRhodes]
It has come to my attention that this thread has no input from me thusfar.
Well, since being interned on the Mount, I have been a little out of the loop on things.
However, the grand plan at this time is to let the country starve, drive off thouse few whites that still permeate Rhodesia ...
Once the population and human resources have been seriously eroded - we will be back - this time making sure that the Shona have a dominant role.
Any instabilities introduced in surrounding countries, will, however, be someonwhat tragic.
Posted 10 February 2003 - 10:47 AM
Hello Cecil ! What means with this ?
<<since being interned on the Mount>>
I'm not too well versed in english so i try to enlighten myself.
CaptainAmerica <bbs.newsfromrussia.com/posticon.gif> posted 11-03-2002 23:20 [Click Here to See the Profile for CaptainAmerica]
Oh yeah, and let me guess....The world expects the US to go and bail their starving asses out.....
Keep the money here. We have plenty of hungry blacks, of our own, expecting us to feed them, right here in the USA.
Who needs Africa?
Atossa <bbs.newsfromrussia.com/posticon.gif> posted 11-03-2002 23:32 [Click Here to See the Profile for Atossa]
** Zimbabwe-Starving to Death **
GOOD RIDDANCE !!
bellisaurius <bbs.newsfromrussia.com/posticon.gif> posted 11-03-2002 23:38 [Click Here to See the Profile for bellisaurius]
I forget if it was Zimbabwe or Zambia, but they just turned down US food aid on the grounds that it was bioengineered. So, it looks like we won't be helping them.
GiBi <bbs.newsfromrussia.com/posticon.gif> posted 11-03-2002 23:44 [Click Here to See the Profile for GiBi]
Atossa, should that be considered a remark expressing Christian values?
Somebody told you that the current Zimbabwe dictator is good friend of (old style) Russians, Chinese, Lybians and Muslim fundamentalists?
TeeYiYi <bbs.newsfromrussia.com/posticon.gif> posted 11-03-2002 23:45 [Click Here to See the Profile for TeeYiYi]
Your comment is so short and to the point.
Is it because you truly harbor animosity toward Zimbabwe . . .
. . . or is it because the world seems to be going to hell
in a hand cart and this is just one more problematic scenario
to overwhelm our already bombarded senses?
d0lfins0ng <bbs.newsfromrussia.com/posticon.gif> posted 11-04-2002 00:08 [Click Here to See the Profile for d0lfins0ng]
GOOD RIDDANCE !!?????
Atossa, you are an ugly diabolical child of satan. May your words reap your just destiny of eternal pain and unrest.
End the stupidity, as you constantly prove to be a moron.
d0lfins0ng <bbs.newsfromrussia.com/posticon.gif> posted 11-04-2002 00:15 [Click Here to See the Profile for d0lfins0ng]
I don't know what else to do, Reven. Marie and I have inundated Washington politicians, the UN, and news sources with proof as to the gravity of situation in Africa. Short of prayers, I am all out of ideas. I do know our forces are headed over to Africa. Will they bring relief? Your guess is as good as mine.
Is Russia seeking to help remedy starvation in Africa, or is this an example of supporting a form of ethnic cleansing?
CecilRhodes <bbs.newsfromrussia.com/posticon.gif> posted 11-04-2002 01:05 [Click Here to See the Profile for CecilRhodes]
No one assisted Rhodesia when the Communists attacked - so why should we assist the US now with theri war?
VikingRus <bbs.newsfromrussia.com/posticon.gif> posted 11-04-2002 07:05 [Click Here to See the Profile for VikingRus]
What to say....start fund-rising for buying some hundred thousand Imgram machine pistols and ship them to the white Farmers.
CecilRhodes <bbs.newsfromrussia.com/posticon.gif> posted 11-04-2002 09:00 [Click Here to See the Profile for CecilRhodes]
I have a particular fancy for Maxims myself ... but Rhodesias problems will only be solved with ethnic cleansing.
lynn <bbs.newsfromrussia.com/posticon.gif> posted 11-04-2002 09:20 [Click Here to See the Profile for lynn]
"Ethnic Cleansing".....Sib..sounds a bit radical.....,,,,,don't (which is quite harsh)
force an opionion on people which they do not choose..guide them gently, with a caring heart...Only IMHO....
Peace be with you!
VikingRus <bbs.newsfromrussia.com/posticon.gif> posted 11-04-2002 09:30 [Click Here to See the Profile for VikingRus]
I need to know what this mean ?
<<since being interned on the Mount>>
NotSunburnedEnough <bbs.newsfromrussia.com/posticon.gif> posted 11-04-2002 14:52 [Click Here to See the Profile for NotSunburnedEnough]
I'll tell you what the REAL reason is why the US and UK dont give a toss about Zim... Plainly put, it's because there is no oil in Zim. Instead, they'd worry more about madman hussein because he is a threat to their oil supplies, than our friend bob, who does exactly the same things as the other lunatic.
Posted 10 February 2003 - 10:48 AM
RRbum you failed. what about the Zionist conspiracy over there?!
a clue: Zionisn ..... Zimbabwe.
CHORNVYOLK <bbs.newsfromrussia.com/posticon.gif> posted 11-04-2002 17:47 [Click Here to See the Profile for CHORNVYOLK]
Another fine example of "Instant Socialism"
RRBum <bbs.newsfromrussia.com/posticon.gif> posted 11-04-2002 19:12 [Click Here to See the Profile for RRBum]
You want to know about the Zionist conspiracy in southern africa, "Dondan", OK, fine, I'll tell you.
Instrumental in turning over the great Republic of South Africa, by far the most modern nation on the continent, to the tender mercies of the cannibals, was the South african communist party of which nelson Mandela was a long time member.
The SACP was always composed almost entirely of Jews. It's leader, KGB COLONEL JOE SLOVO, a Lithuanian Jew, was the mastermind. He did a little jig at the inaugeration ceremony for the black savages who were handed the country in a rigged vote, and he keeled over and died shortly after.
His partner in the treason was Harry Openheimer who virtually owned, and still owns, the country.
Also instrumental in the Judeo-negro seizure of power in southern Africa was the US Jewsmedia, and the Jewish-owned Washington DC government (they don't call it ZOG for nothing!), and, of course, the "Christian" churches.
VikingRus <bbs.newsfromrussia.com/posticon.gif> posted 11-05-2002 07:29 [Click Here to See the Profile for VikingRus]
For some reason , you appears to know facts.
VA <bbs.newsfromrussia.com/posticon.gif> posted 11-05-2002 07:33 [Click Here to See the Profile for VA]
Hmmm, Reven is here and someone immediately attacks me personally when I post prolifically for the first time in months.
I think not.
Oceania <bbs.newsfromrussia.com/posticon.gif> posted 11-05-2002 10:23 [Click Here to See the Profile for Oceania]
Vig - find out where he was buried.
VikingRus <bbs.newsfromrussia.com/posticon.gif> posted 11-05-2002 10:30 [Click Here to See the Profile for VikingRus]
Whom is that "VA" having nothing else to do,except to defame other people ?
Have someone seen him have his/her/it's own issue to discuss ?
Have a good day/evening
(11/8/02 1:13:00 pm)
Reply | Edit | Del Re: ** Zimbabwe-Starving to Death **
Some GOOD NEWS !!!
The United States Government warned yesterday that it might take "intrusive, interventionist measures" to deliver food aid directly to millions of famine-hit Zimbabweans if President Robert Mugabe continues to starve his political opponents.
Washington is considering measures that would challenge Zimbabwe's sovereignty, according to Mark Bellamy, the principal deputy assistant secretary of state for Africa. Such drastic measures are being studied because the Mugabe regime is aggravating the effects of a region-wide famine by blocking food from areas that support the opposition Movement for Democratic Change, he said.
VikingRus <bbs.newsfromrussia.com/posticon.gif> posted 11-08-2002 17:15 [Click Here to See the Profile for VikingRus]
Where is now all the socialist governments in Europe ?
It's alwys America whom come to help.
"havenot" , let us send a prayer of thankfullness to the Lord for guiding America's rulers.
RRBum <bbs.newsfromrussia.com/posticon.gif> posted 11-08-2002 17:28 [Click Here to See the Profile for RRBum]
VikingRus - Read the whole story! The whores in Washington have zero interest in coming to the aid of the White people of southern Africa. They want to send food to the poor starving niggers who are starving because they disposessed and raped and tortured and murdered the White farmers who were feeding them!
P.S. I appologize to real whores for comparing them with Washington politicians. It's just a figure of speech. I know you'd never sink THAT low!
VikingRus <bbs.newsfromrussia.com/posticon.gif> posted 11-08-2002 17:36 [Click Here to See the Profile for VikingRus]
At least IT IS A BEGINING. You are perfectly right, it is the white farmers whom has produced food.
It will be the white farmers whom do it also in the future when this bolshevik is removed.
But why is not Germany and others acting ?
Posted 10 February 2003 - 10:49 AM
None of the western countries would lift a finger to help the beleaguered white people of southern africa. The whore governments of the western countries were instrumental in turning over southern africa to the tender mercies of the cannibals and the bolsheviks and the harry oppenheimers, most especially the USA!
As for Germany, it is not a free country. It is still an occupied country, well over half a century since the end of WWII.
VikingRus <bbs.newsfromrussia.com/posticon.gif> posted 11-08-2002 19:16 [Click Here to See the Profile for VikingRus]
Yes , and especially Sweden with their Olof Palme at the time.
VikingRus <bbs.newsfromrussia.com/posticon.gif> posted 11-08-2002 19:37 [Click Here to See the Profile for VikingRus]
For Zimbabwe they probably will use the same forces.
W A S H I N G T O N, Nov. 8 ? The Pentagon is sending an estimated 1,000 more Americans to help track down al-Qaida around the Horn of Africa, where the yearlong war on terrorism has produced few visible results so far.
Defense officials said Thursday that the amphibious command ship USS Mount Whitney to be used as a floating headquarters off the coast of Djibouti will leave its Norfolk, Va., homeport Tuesday with Marines who will coordinate future military operations in the region.
"This is ... focused on looking for al-Qaida, looking for terrorist cells and dealing with them expeditiously, and directly," Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James Jones said.
The Mount Whitney has a Navy crew of some 560, and members of the 2nd Marine Division who will set up the command center in Djibouti probably will number about 400, officials said. It was unclear if all those Marines would depart next week.
The Americans will join a multinational force of thousands already in Africa including some who have been trying to catch terrorists there since al-Qaida began fleeing Afghanistan a year ago. There are 700 to 800 Americans at a French military base in Djibouti, deployed several months ago for what defense officials would describe only as "training and contingencies."
Countries and waterways in and around the Horn of Africa long have been plagued by terrorist activity. Al-Qaida and others hide, pass through, train, organize, ship weapons, plot and launch attacks there, U.S. intelligence and defense officials say.
Defense officials have been unwilling or unable to name all the countries or the numbers of terrorists they believe may be there.
In addition to Americans already in Djibouti, there are more than 2,000 French troops and about 1,000 Germans, as well as a number of British forces.
VikingRus <bbs.newsfromrussia.com/posticon.gif> posted 11-09-2002 06:43 [Click Here to See the Profile for VikingRus]
You can greet "Cathy Buckle" for her success in
informing the world.
KaremofWheat <bbs.newsfromrussia.com/posticon.gif> posted 11-09-2002 07:01 [Click Here to See the Profile for KaremofWheat]
REVEN BUMPS ITS OWN POSTS...cause....
NO FUC*ING BODY IS LISTENING TO YOUR GOOFBALL DRUG ADDICTED SICO SH*T.....LADY!
VikingRus <bbs.newsfromrussia.com/posticon.gif> posted 11-09-2002 07:10 [Click Here to See the Profile for VikingRus]
In Pravda is not too many people with intellectual gifts.
At least , my "issues" is being solved one-by-one. GOOD ENOUGH.
The news regarding eventual American intervention in Zimbabwe was posted on this thread first. TIME 16:17 hrs Local forum time.
You others (vigorous etc.) did come much later.
KaremofWheat <bbs.newsfromrussia.com/posticon.gif> posted 11-09-2002 07:18 [Click Here to See the Profile for KaremofWheat]
Where is that JUNGLE your sico self was selling a week ago,you fraud!
smoke some crack or plant it in your bearded clam..lady sico!
sell your sh*t somewhere else!
VikingRus <bbs.newsfromrussia.com/posticon.gif> posted 11-09-2002 07:22 [Click Here to See the Profile for VikingRus]
Im not 'selling'. Regarding the 'jungle' = i'm
living there (normally). Quite high up in the mountains
Posted 10 February 2003 - 10:57 AM
VikingRus posted 12-22-2002 09:19
"They" have as usual deleted ALL correspondanse and posts in this subject.
I place here some copies from the Longhouse
VikingRus posted 12-22-2002 09:53
Dear Family and Friends,
A little after eight one morning this week, two hours after a hot sun had risen in the sky, a glorious red-winged starling called repeatedly and then settled down to sleep in the pine tree outside my study window. The dogs curled up and went to sleep and there was a strong and cold wind in the darkening sky. My 10 year old son, Richie, and I rushed outside with a mirror, a piece of smoke-blackened glass and a sheet of cardboard with a small circular hole punched into it. What utter delight and spectacular beauty we saw as everywhere the shadows were suddenly filled with little half moons. Richie and I stood with our backs to the sun, held the cardboard up and watched the little reflected circle of white light change into a finger nail sliver and then fill with a glorious rainbow of colours onto the kitchen wall. For a chilling 40 seconds Zimbabwe grew dark and completely quiet as the moon passed over the sun in a total solar eclipse. Going back to my desk I watched the light return, the dogs yawn and stretch and the red winged starling sit up and fluff out its feathers. The beautiful bird preened briefly, called twice and flew away.
Another great darkness is about to engulf Zimbabwe, but it hasn't been preceeded by peace and beauty, it isn't only going to last for 40 seconds and will undoubtedly result in hundreds of thousands of people in graves. This week our Agriculture Minister Joseph Made finally admitted that things were far from being under control on the 3000 odd farms that have been grabbed by the government. First Dr Made said that his department had no money to import the maize needed to satisfy our starving population. When he was asked how much maize had been planted by the people he has supposedly resettled on the farms, Made said: " we don't have the projected figures of what we have planted this season and this is a big problem for us." The Minister went on to say that he "hoped" there would be enough food to support the country. Hope is not enough. 7 million people face starvation. Aerial photographs taken by the Daily News this week reveal the reality on the ground. These horrifying pictures showed miniscule little squares of green in the centre of huge un-used fields which stretch to the horizon. Next to these vast empty fields are dams, still full of water which could be used to irrigate but that resource is also not being used.
A massive disaster is now overwhelming us. Preliminary results from the latest census show that our population has dropped to 11.6 million; that over 3 million Zimbabweans are living outside of the country and that one person is now dying from AIDS every 5 minutes in the country. Headlines in the latest local weekly newspaper, the Financial Gazette, report that at least half of the country's manufacturing, mining and agro-industrial companies will close next week for the Christmas break but they will not re-open until March as they simply cannot survive the inflation and overall economic collapse. Weather experts have begun issuing warnings that rainfall predictions and patterns are not looking at all good for a number of Southern African countries - for Zimbabwe this will be utter disaster. There are almost no crops planted on the seized farms and even our road-side crops are already wilting, the leaves of the maize going pale and curling up like onions. It does not make a scrap of sense that our leaders do not at least allow some of the commercial farmers to go out onto those huge fields and plant food for us.
Schools have now closed for the Christmas holidays and I sat in the baking sun watching Richard's Christmas play. I could not help myself from letting out a roar of laughter and giving a standing ovation to the children who were playing the Three Wise Men. They arrived at the nativity on bicycles with rucksacks on their backs. They did not produce gold, frankincense and myrrh. They presented one loaf of bread, one bag of a sugar and a large piece of white paper which read "One US dollar". These things are the most precious gifts in Zimbabwe. Thank you all so much for the hundreds of mails received this week in response to my letter about my book Beyond Tears, I am indebted for your help and support. Until next week, with love, cathy.
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Posted 10 February 2003 - 10:58 AM
Dear Family and Friends,
Opposite two of the main banks in my home town there is a little park where I often used to push Richard on the swings when he was a toddler. The swings and see saw have long since disintegrated and the surrounding fence is a mess of rusty, falling down, patched wire. The hedge around the park is full of holes and litter but towering high above the ruin of our once beautiful park the pine trees are still standing. It's a hive of activity up there and a sight so majestic that I simply stood and stared up in open mouthed delight this week. Hundreds of birds have taken over the trees and decided to breed there this year and the branches are crowded with Egrets and Sacred Ibis. The birds are constantly on the move, arguing and squabbling for the best spot amongst the branches which are littered with nests of sticks and twigs. The pine needles, hedge, sidewalk and street below are grey with their droppings and you have to shout to hear above the noise of their fidgeting and complaining. Normally this natural wonder would attract many human spectators but I stood alone and watched the birds this week because the rest of our town is too busy looking for fuel and food.
Zimbabwe has completely run out of petrol. In Harare there are queues stretching for up to 5 kilometres at the few filling stations which have supplies. In Marondera this week only one gas station had fuel and this attracted a queue which stretched 5 blocks and then doubled back on itself to the beginning. At the pump head at least 100 men jostled with plastic containers they wanted to fill and the police had to be called to try and keep some sort of order. Across the road at the only bakery still functioning at least 3 dozen trucks waited for bread, their vehicles spilling out into the road and causing even more chaos. At the door of the bakery a line of about 200 people waited on the off chance of buying just one loaf. In the nearby high density suburb there was black market sugar to buy at 5 times the normal price and maize at 4 times the normal price. This news caused another flood of desperate humanity to pour down the road but two friends who were there came away empty handed as they could only buy the produce if they had a membership card for the ruling political party. On the other side of town over 100 people queued outside the passport office waiting not for a passport but for a number which would entitle them to queue for an application form the following morning. Everything is falling apart in Zimbabwe and there is a huge and overpowering sense of public rage everywhere you go. The little Christmas song this year must be: "All I want for Christmas is a tank of fuel" - no point asking for two front teeth because there's nothing to eat anyway.
With such enormous suffering everywhere, I sat glued to the local ZBC TV to watch the opening of the ruling party's annual congress in Chinoyi. In a moment of utter insanity I had decided that surely our 78 year old President would stand down and let someone else try and sort out this mess. Not a chance ! 3000 delegates were at the congress and they sat on white plastic chairs under a huge white tent which was decorated with gold tinsel. The delegates had two things in common - 90% of them were wearing clothes (dresses, shirts, trousers and scarves) which had President Mugabe's face printed on the fabric and 95% looked more well fed than anyone I've seen for many many months. Every single speaker began with slogans which, when translated mean: "up with Zanu PF, up with Mugabe, down with MDC" When President Mugabe himself took the podium his slogans were " down with the MDC, down with Blair". Unbelievably, even Mugabe was wearing a pea green shirt with pictures of himself on it. For the first 40 minutes of his speech Mugabe slammed whites, Britain, Australia and America. He shouted about "crushing the Blair monster" and went on at great length about things that happened between 1965 and 1979. The delegates fidgeted and fanned themselves and wiped the sweat off their faces as Mugabe went on and on and on about things long since past. When he did finally turn his attention to the present it was about land, empowering peasants and giving Zimbabwe back to it's rightful owners. Not at any point in his 70 minute speech did Mugabe mention 6.8 million starving people; 144% inflation; 70% unemployment; 5 kilometre queues for fuel or the fact that there is no bread, milk, maize, sugar, flour or cooking oil to buy. Neither did he comment on the fact that one dozen eggs cost Z$480 seven days ago and today they are Z$660.
After President Mugabe had finished speaking a little boy was brought up to the front and he looked terrified as he stood at the microphone. With glazed and expressionless eyes he shouted out what he said was a poem entitled "THE LAND". My eyes filled with tears as this boy, the same age as my own 10 year son, used words he could not possibly know or understand, including "repression, arrogantly, colonialism, rebellion and juxtaposition" to explain why Zimbabwe was for Zimbabweans and Africa was for Africans - whites are not welcome. While the child shouted out his litany of hate, President Mugabe was being served tea in delicate white china tea cups by a waiter, dressed all in white and wearing white cotton gloves. The child finished and stumbled slightly on his last sentence which was: "Down with Tony Blair and his wife Tsvangirai." All I could think, through the tears and the lump in my throat was: Dear God, what are they doing to the children. Until next week, with love, cathy. africantears.netfirms.com Copyright Cathy Buckle 14 Dec 2002
Posted 10 February 2003 - 10:59 AM
Dear Family and Friends,
I have really struggled trying to think of something positive, peaceful and perhaps even thought provoking to write about as a Christmas message from Zimbabwe. As I sit here on an overcast and windy morning I know all the ugly realities outside my gate and it is almost impossible to see past them and look for that dim little light which must be shining at the end of the tunnel. When we were children and sulking or having a tantrum we had a little poem which went something like this: "Nobody loves me, everybody hates me, I think I'll go and eat worms, big fat juicy ones, squish squash sqooshy ones." I can't remember the last line but this little verse certainly sums up the overwhelming feeling of utter desperation in Zimbabwe today. It is made a million times worse when we are dealt one blow after another by a world apparently terrified to do or say anything openly against Zimbabwe in case they are labelled racists.
The announcement that the ICC will hold 6 world cup cricket matches in Zimbabwe next year has devastated us. It is utterly obscene that men in crisply starched whites will play this so called gentleman's game in our cities while those of us who live here have no petrol or bread, no milk or sugar. I wonder if the ICC know that it is illegal for 5 or more people to hold a meeting in Zimbabwe without police permission. I wonder if they care that while they knock little balls around on the field other people are having naked wires attached to their testicles whilst in police custody. While they stay in our 5 star hotels, I wonder if the players will care that we can't even buy food on the black market without first producing cards proving we support the ruling party. I wonder if the ICC know that if we say or write something about President Mugabe which may make people hostile towards him we can go to prison for a year. I am sure that both the ICC and the cricket players themselves know all of this but they say they are purely a sporting body and not a political one. Their hypocrisy and racism is disgusting and nauseating. It was OK for them to boycott games in apartheid South Africa and Ian Smith's Rhodesia but not in Zimbabwe now. When white people were oppressing blacks it was wrong, now it is black people oppressing black people, it is apparently OK. The ICC have shown who the real racists are here.
However, through our anger, disgust and despair, we Zimbabweans are doing the best we can this Christmas. For most of us there won't be turkey, Christmas pudding, lavish gifts and excesses of alcohol this year. Rather it is a time of quiet contemplation, counting our blessings and giving thanks for what we have got. Many Zimbabweans are fasting by choice, organising prayer vigils and doing whatever they can to help and support their friends and neighbours. We have all learnt to give thanks for the simplest of things like a loaf of bread or a glass of real milk and to take nothing for granted, an experience which is cause for both humility and gratitude. I apologise for not responding to the hundreds of emails and Christmas messages this week. I thank you all for caring, for your messages of love, support and encouragement and for giving me the strength and courage to speak out for another week. Until next week with my love and best wishes for a peaceful and joyous Christmas, cathy africantears.netfirms.com
Copyright Cathy Buckle, 21st December 2002
VikingRus posted 12-22-2002 09:57
Why is it that Negroes can't manage themself in a more human way ?
Posted 10 February 2003 - 11:01 AM
Dear Family and Friends,
Some time on Thursday night a couple of men came around our neighbourhood and helped themselves to the latest thing in short supply in Zimbabwe. Probably working with a tool as simple as a shifting spanner, they removed the taps and water metres from the stand pipes outside peoples' gates. By the time the theft was discovered on Friday morning, the dirt road was awash and streams of water ran down into the bush. Water metres are imported and due to the non existence of foreign currency in the country, they are impossible to find. If you've just built a new house you have to supply your own water metre before the town council will connect you. If you happen to be one of the poor victims who wakes up to find their water metre gone, you've got even more of a problem though because getting the water authorities to come out and stop your water pouring out onto the streets is almost impossible. When I called them to get help for an elderly neighbour whose metre was stolen, they said that they had no water metres and would have to try and find one and that their vehicles have got no fuel to come to our neighbourhood. That was 36 hours ago. Still they have not come, they are no longer answering their telephone because now it is the weekend and already at least 120 thousand of litres of water (about two swimming pools full) have poured out onto the road. For people in other countries reading this letter, this story might just illustrate mismanagement, for us living here it is utterly tragic as, 3 years down the road of political insanity, things are completely falling apart and there is nothing we can do to stop it.
So many people ask me to describe life in Zimbabwe now and it's hard to know where to start. Every little thing, that just sounds like an annoyance, has enormous repercussions throughout the country. There are now almost no farmers growing export crops which means no foreign currency and no fuel. It also means there are no spare parts, like water metres, and no gas. No gas might cause huge headaches to restaurant owners but it also means there are month long backlogs of bodies waiting to be cremated at the morgues where gas fired ovens are used. The chronic shortage of fuel means there is very little traffic on the roads, there are also very few delivery vehicles. The supermarket shelves are getting emptier by the day, there is less and less food to buy and its all getting very frightening indeed. It is the small towns which always depended on agriculture which are collapsing fast. In Marondera this month our only commercial veterinary surgery closes down, our only private dentist has closed, two of our private doctors have announced that they are leaving, one headmaster has already left and another leaves before winter. A 100 year old town is on its very last legs.
This is what it's like every day here now and with morale at its lowest it was with disgust we learnt that the English Cricket Board had chosen money over morals and will come and play here in February. Another dent to flagging spirit's came this week when the South African Minister of Labour visited Zimbabwe and declared that South Africa had a lot to learn from us. If I was a South African I'd either be picketing parliament right now or packing my bags. I'm not exactly sure what the South African Minister wants to learn from Zimbabwe - how to stay in power or how to destroy a country. How to reduce productive farms to wasteland; how to turn a major exporting economy into a begging famine ridden one; how to beat, maim, rape, torture and harass a population into submission and subservience. With each passing day Zimbabwe is sinking deeper and deeper into the mire. For those of us who have stepped off the bandwagon and taken our heads out of the sand, it is terrifying to watch our country dying. It's hard to find anything to hold onto anymore, hard to keep the depression out and hard not to become engulfed in the problems. Perhaps the only little light on the horizon is that if we think we've got problems, they are nothing compared to those of our government who must be tearing their hair out and cannot hold onto this facade of governance for much longer. I hope I am able to send this letter now and that you are able to receive it because Zimbabwe's entire email system collapsed this week. Until next week, with love cathy
Posted 10 February 2003 - 11:03 AM
Pigs might fly
Dear Family and Friends,
There was a strangely deserted and uninhabited feeling about almost all the streets of my little country town on Friday. There were very few cars on the roads and even fewer pedestrians. The usual gaggle of scruffy street children, beggars and banana sellers were not in their normal haunts. I could hardly believe my eyes when I saw a sea of people outside the doors of one small grocery store. We are all used to seeing one or two hundred people lining up outside the doors of this shop for bread every morning but this was different and the people were 6 deep across the pavement in both directions. More people spilled out into the street and this flood of humanity completely blocked all the parking bays and doorways of at least 11 neighbouring shops. I and others estimated that there were probably close to 4000 people waiting on the Marondera pavements for a chance to buy sugar or maize meal. The desperate shoppers were watched by a large number of the town's policemen and I was disgusted to see so many of them smiling, joking and even laughing with their colleagues. A friend trying to report a burglary could not get an answer from any of the 4 police telephone lines for over half an hour and eventually gave up in despair. Also watching the shoppers were a large number of armed riot police and baton wielding youths who we call the Green Bombers. Across the road from the little grocery store and in full view of the police, the vultures waited. Black market dealers, 9 of them on one landrover which had no doors, windows or number plates. By mid day it was all over. A few people carried a bag of sugar or a small sack of maize meal but most left empty handed.
While this chaotic crush of desperate humanity tried to get food I couldn't stop myself from wondering how the ICC had come to the decision that it was going to be safe for them to come here and play cricket in a fortnights' time. We're not really sure why they bothered to waste an air fare on sending Malcolm Speed out here to check for himself on the security arrangements. Mr Speed did not bother to even talk to the Mayor of the City of Harare - the same Mayor who, along with 21 rate payers, spent last weekend in prison for holding a civic meeting about water problems. Neither did Mr Speed find it necessary to talk to anyone except the state police. He did not talk to anyone from the opposition, not even the MDC MP Job Sikhala and his lawyer Gabriel Shumba who had just had first hand encounters with Zimbabwe's police. The well known MP and his 29 year old human rights lawyer were both tortured whilst in police custody in Harare. They were taken to unknown destinations, their heads covered in black hoods. They had electrodes attached to their toes, genitals and teeth and the MP was uninated on and forced to drink an unknown and bitter white substance.
The crisis in Zimbabwe has reached critical proportions but we do still have to find things to laugh about in order to keep sane. Last night I met a friend with a nasty wound on his hand. He had been working with caustic soda and spilled some in his glove. By the time the chemical had started to burn Dave was sitting in a petrol queue. He could feel the tingling and stinging but was not going to give up his place in the queue. He jumped out of his car, got some of the green powder off his battery terminals, sprinkled that and some radiator water on his hand to neutralize the burn and then waited another 2 hours for petrol. I've got no idea if this is true but its a good story and about as believable as our police commissioner saying ordinary Zimbabweans will be able to protest outside the Harare cricket grounds. Pigs might fly. Until next week, with love, cathy. http://africantears.netfirms.com Copyright cathy buckle 25th January 2003.
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Posted 10 February 2003 - 11:05 AM
21st century pioneers
Dear Family and Friends,
Some weeks I sit and stare at the blank email on my screen on a Saturday morning and wonder what on earth to write about. This is one of those weeks. What can I tell you that is not horrific? How can I sit here and describe the death of a country that was beautiful and thriving only 3 years ago ? Some weeks the depression is so overwhelming that I just do not know where to start. Shall I write about the riot police who fired tear gas to disperse a residents meeting called to discuss the water crisis in Harare? Maybe people would rather hear about the five international Lutheran church workers who were deported after being accused of being journalists in disguise, or the two American journalists who were detained by police for 7 hours after they took photographs of a grain marketing depot. Perhaps I should write about the announcement by the American State Department advising their nationals not to travel to Zimbabwe because of security concerns. Or shall I tell you how disgusted we are that the EU cannot reach agreement about renewing targeted sanctions against Zimbabwe's leaders. It almost seems as if now the world are just going to pump food into Zimbabwe to stop massive deaths from starvation but forgive and forget the man and his party who did this to us.
Some weeks writing this letter is an enormous burden because even though I know there are these vitally important things that need to be told, I just get swallowed up by the depression that comes from trying to survive just one day at a time. The stupidest of things become critically important to every day life. Like being told on Thursday that there was a petrol delivery and the queue was probably only a 2 hour long line. It was a little over that and gave me a chance to catch up on my reading and just sit and watch people. The things you see in petrol queues are awesome and are things that would never have been seen 3 years ago. White men and black men stand and talk together, they take turns to push each other's cars forward. Everyone looks out for line jumpers together and it's in these lines that more is being done to improve race relations in Zimbabwe than has ever been done in the past 22 years.
Petrol and food are already the two things that are uniting Zimbabweans. The shops are empty. In the main Marondera supermarket today there were 42 empty shelves. The list of things now unavailable in our town is getting longer every day and includes: bread, flour, milk, cereals, biscuits, pasta, margarine, dog food, sugar, salt, maize meal, washing powder. The worst news this week that wasn't political was that Colgate/ Palmolive is closing it's factory and relocating to South Africa. They are the biggest makers of detergent, soap and toothpaste in the country. It is so utterly tragic to see all these factories closing down because when they do we don't just lose the products, machinery and expertise, we lose the professionalism that has been decades in the making and we lose just another little piece of Zimbabwe's identity.
Our President and his party have taken our country decades back in time. Tractors and combine harvesters have been replaced with ox carts and hand ploughs. Bread and maize meal have been replaced with porridge made from wild nuts and berries. Women's sanitary towels and tampons have been replaced with toilet paper by those who can afford it and with leaves by those who cannot. Toothpaste, soap and detergent are next. This government and its policies have stripped our men of jobs and resources, our women of pride and dignity and our children of education. The school fees are unaffordable, the children are fainting in the classrooms and the drop out rates are escalating. We have become 21st century pioneers and scavengers, living like animals in the most modern of worlds. God help us all in Zimbabwe. Until next week with love, cathy http://africantears.netfirms.com Copyright cathy buckle, 1stFebruary 2003. African Tears and Beyond Tears are both available for order from www.exclusivebooks.com and www.kalahari.net
Posted 10 February 2003 - 11:07 AM
No deck chairs or umbrellas
Dear Family and Friends,
The world cup cricket is coming to Zimbabwe after all and I couldn't help but laugh at the half page advertisement in the state owned Herald newspaper today. Along with telling us which roads will be closed there is a monstrous lists of "Ground Rules" for prospective spectators. Included are the following things which will not be allowed into the grounds:
* No cold drinks of any type, regardless of the container it is in.
*No banners or flags which are supported on a stick.
*No trumpets, drums or musical instruments
*No deck chairs, umbrellas or gazebos.
"Banners and flags may only include wording which is: tasteful, non-offensive, non vulgar. non political, non racial, non discriminatory and non sexual."
Whilst this may strike anyone living outside Zimbabwe as utterly ludicrous - a sort of Charlie Chaplin 'Great Dictator' skit - for those of us who live here it has, like everything else these days, a tragic undercurrent. The world will watch cricket being played in Zimbabwe while some of us will be remembering the life of a very brave young man who has just died..
Edison Mukwasi aged 29 died in an Harare hospital this week. Edison was an ordinary man working on a construction site in Harare before he joined the opposition and the last two years of his life have been utter hell. He was the MDC's youth chairman for Harare and his nightmare began in January 2001 during the Bikita West by-election. At that time Edison and 12 others were picked up by police, tortured for four days whilst in detention and then dumped in the Gonarezhou National Park. According to Edison's mother, Edison's lungs and liver were perforated during the torture. In November 2002 Edison and others were arrested by police at a cricket match in Harare and allegedly tortured again whilst in police custody. He was supposedly to be charged with suspected public disorder but was released without being charged. Edison is survived by his wife Gladys and their two week old daughter Nyasha.
Zimbabwe mourns the death of Edison Mukwasi and also of at least 50 others who died when two trains collided last weekend in Dete. The scenes of the mangled, melted carriages were utterly horrific. We were shocked when later on that same day President Mugabe walked down the red carpet at Harare airport. He was not on his way to the crash site but to a conference in Ethiopia. Even more horrific was the female reporter on ZBC television who reported that bodies were burnt beyond recognition and that "body parts were going to be pulled out in order for the corpses to be identified". The gross lack of human compassion did not end with that statement. A couple of days after the accident the government announced what the relations of the deceased were going to be given as compensation. Each family would get one coffin, 5 bags of maize and fifteen thousand dollars. Frankly this is an insult, the money will not even last a fortnight and the maize just a couple of months.
Casualties in Zimbabwe in both human and economic terms are growing by the day. This week Circle cement, the biggest producer in the country announced that they have ceased their operations and are closing down. The government continues to seize the remaining handful of productive farms left in the country and on Friday listed another 31 properties to be seized, some as small as 60 hectares. We all know that with a war in Iraq looking more and more likely, the chances of any news coverage for Zimbabwe are going to be almost nil in the months to come. Perhaps the coverage we get during the World Cup Cricket will be our last chance for international attention to our plight. I intend to keep writing this letter for as long as you want to read it. Last weekend there were some serious threats to my website so for a while I will not give it's address but if you would like details please contact me and if you no longer wish to receive this letter please tell me. I know only too well how annoying unwelcome mail can be. Until next week, with love, cathy.
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Posted 10 February 2003 - 02:06 PM
Let the Europeans take care of this mess. Just once they should do the right thing without depending on the "Colonies" to pull their nuts out of the fire and take the blame for whatever goes wrong during the changeover.
The selfrighteous Eruros can have this little problem!! They grew it, they can chew it!
Posted 10 February 2003 - 03:39 PM
No, not a single peep out of the retard-in-chief or the US jewsmedia. Just relentless bullshit about how this season's boogy man is gonna come over here and kick your *** unless we start WWIII like NOW.
What happened to last season's boogyman, Bin Ladin, anyway.
Every single day of your life you will be assaulterd with BS about a phoney Jewish holocaust that never happened, but a real holocaust is going on right now in southern Africa, and there is not a word of protest from those who never tire of wailing and wringing their hands over an imaginary holocaust!
Not one penny to save the white people of southern africa, not one penny to protect our own borders...
Posted 20 February 2003 - 03:23 AM
My phone rang early one morning this week. It was a friend who was leaving for the airport. She and her family are emigrating. We did not talk for long, neither of us wanted to actually say that awful word "goodbye" because we both knew we would cry. Instead the words were the usual ridiculous ones which say nothing but mean everything. Words which were really a scream of "Oh God, I wish you didn't have to go". I didn't cry then but am now as I type.
Linda and her family are farmers. For three years they have waited to be allowed to grow food but it has not happened and they have no other option but to leave. Farming is all they know. Their house, business, assets and land have been taken over by a government heavyweight. They have received no compensation, were not allowed back to say goodbye and their memories remain only as laughter in the wind. They have left behind their home, their lives, their friends and 40 years of service in providing food for their country.
When I lived through the hell of an invaded farm and the incessant harassment and humiliation from the mob of men who took over our lives, I think the only thing that kept me sane every day was to watch the sunrise. It's three years ago now but I can still see that view in my mind. The peach tree covered with pink blossoms outside my study window. The weaver birds nests hanging and swinging gently in the breeze, the magnificent dawn chorus and then the eerie silence as the spectacular red ball of sun appeared over the horizon. That view has gone forever now but it's been replaced by another and it is that which I look to every morning to try and find peace within myself and courage to face another day of doing what I do. My house overlooks the African bush. The dawn mist hangs low in a distant field, francolins call noisily as they patrol the grassland and a crested barbet taps incessantly at his nest in the dead tree in my front garden. This is one of the reasons I stay in Zimbabwe. Another is the sudden and unexpected pride in your country which comes when you least expect it.
There haven't been many occasions in the last three years when I can honestly say that I've been proud to be a Zimbabwean. That all changed this week when Henry Olonga and Andy Flower walked up to the press box at the Harare Sports Club shortly before the World Cup Cricket match against Namibia started. They were both wearing black armbands and they presented a press statement explaining that they were in mourning for the death of democracy in Zimbabwe. Their one page statement said it all, the hunger, oppression, torture and lawlessness which has become a part of every minute of every day in our country. Their bravery has been such an inspiration this week and has given us the strength to continue fighting for democracy in Zimbabwe. The closing sentence of their statement is echoed by us all and reads: "We pray that our small action may help to restore sanity and dignity to our nation."
So, while army tanks and armed soldiers guard Heathrow airport and Americans buy plastic sheeting to protect their homes from possible air borne diseases, Zimbabweans wait for more people to display their courage and say no to fear and oppression. It's not an easy thing to get over this huge shroud of fear that is suffocating our country. This morning our suburbs are littered with hundreds of pamphlets. Printed in red, on one side is a list all the things that are wrong in Zimbabwe. On the reverse a list of things we can do. The first thing is: "Show courage and do not be afraid." Passers by are reading the pamphlets, some are being brave enough to pick them up and stuff them hastily in their pockets. It is a start. We haven't got soldiers to guard us or policemen to protect us but more and more Zimbabweans are looking into their hearts and finding ways to overcome the fear. "We have suffered enough" are the closing words on the pamphlets and they say it all. One of these mornings Zimbabweans will wake up and watch our majestic red dawn knowing that the madness is over. We pray it will be soon. Until next week, with love, cathy. Copyright cathy buckle 15th February 2003. Please ask if you would like details of my website or books.
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We should STOP all Africans (black) to enter Europe and America untills the Blacks stop discriminate our people. The blacks is worse than Hitler.
This is my honest opinion
Posted 10 March 2003 - 04:20 AM
Dear Family and Friends,
Recently I was told the shocking story of children sucking lumps of coarse salt in a little town not far from where I live. The children suck salt to make themselves thirsty. Their thirst makes them drink more water and this fills their stomachs and helps supress the hunger in their bellies. It is almost beyond belief that three years ago Zimbabwe was called the breadbasket of Africa. We were exporting large amounts of our food and living an almost first world life style. Now we have reached such depths of depravity that children are sucking salt.
While this is going on and 6 out 10 people in the country are hungry, our President has shocked the world and caused an international furore by attending the Franco African summit in Paris. The press has been full of reports of the luxury and extravagance of the Paris hotel where the Zimbabwean delegation were staying. Talk has been of menus including black truffles and caviar, pate and filet of pigeon. Apparently the entire 33 roomed wing of the hotel was reserved for Zimbabwe and the cheapest room per night costs the equivalent in Zimbabwe of over three quarters of a million dollars. For that price you could buy over thirteen thousand loaves of bread which would certainly help feed more than a few hungry children sucking pieces of salt.
All the news coming out of Zimbabwe these days is shocking but more and more people are beginning to stand up for their rights. Last weekend over 70 women were arrested when they went on a Valentine's march in Harare and Bulawayo. Carrying red flowers and handing them out to people on the streets they walked together for love and peace. Some of their posters read "Yes to Love" and "No to violence." The women were arrested for not having police permission for their action and the women in Bulawyo were kept in police cells all night. A friend wrote to me of her experience and described how barefoot and bra-less they were sent to open air cages before later being moved to dark and stinking cells where 18 women were crammed into a 15 square metre room. At some point during their night of horror the women were allowed food and effects from their families. She said: "In the bag of goodies provided by my husband was a red rose - my most romantic valentine gift yet. I clutched that poor rose all night." Amongst the women arrested in Harare and Bulawayo were an 83 year old woman, and elderly nun and a catholic priest.
I'm not sure how to make any sense of what is happening in Zimbabwe anymore. Our leaders seem to be totally out of touch and unconcerned about the enormous suffering of their people. We take everything one day at a time and some days I think if I don't see or hear something normal I'm going to scream. We all look for the silliest of things to give us sanity. For me, today, it is a very large orange caterpillar sitting on the branch of a Msasa tree outside my window. For as long as I can remember these caterpillars have been a thing of great trepidation and fear. Their hairs are bright orange and well over a centimetre long, but today I discovered that the hairs are as soft as silk.
I'm sorry I'm still not advertising my web site address, there continue to be problems with the server and I think it safer that I keep a low profile.
Until next week, with love, cathy.
Copyright cathy buckle, 22nd February 2003. "African Tears" and "Beyond Tears"
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