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MR Stuart Bates.

A very moving post -- obviously from the heart. It's so dispiriting to think of all that beauty, innocence and optimism crushed under the murderous regime of a dictator. Still you have all those lovely and precious memories.

Gerry Fenge

Thank you for that Stuart. I felt very bleak writing this sentence - 'given the life expectancy in Zimbabwe (especially Matabeleland where we taught) many of our girls will probably be dead' - but that's how it probably is. We hoped we were helping to build a country, but of course there's nothing we can do against the paranoid power of people like Mugabe.

Peter J. Earle

My cousins, who still live in Harare, after losing their farm to the 'veterans', tell me that things are improving in small ways, especially since the currency became the US$. A Zimbabwean vendor in South Africa said with a grin, "we were Robbed, but he cannot live forever." And then, what about his successors? Can you hope for free & fair, after that?

He shrugged, still grinning.

Gerry Fenge

Good to hear this update Peter - small ways are better than no ways. As for the Zimbabwean vendor, well, people often do grin. Hope he eventually has a reason to!

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