From: Tariq Tobias (Zimbabwe, AC06-08)
Zimbabwe remains, after a failed election, in a state of economic and political chaos. As the forces of our society continue to deteriorate we appeal to all those who have fought or fight for freedom for support in ending what has gone on for too long. I have written what follows based on the many at home I have spoken to.
Baba says I can’t go to school today. They might come again.
I don’t know when I’ll see Ambuya or Mama but I want to show them the picture I drew. Baba won’t tell me when they’re coming home.
That man keeps coming here but Baba tells him to go away. He scares me.
I miss them.’
6 Year-old Girl
Of no political affiliation
‘ Business has stopped, at least legal business has. It is impossible to keep up with the ever-changing prices. The shelves remain empty. I think Mr. Mugabe is a very honest man: when he came to power he promised we would all be millionaires and, in this, he succeeded.’
Baker selling bread for 100 Million Zimbabwean Dollars (price at 8am today)
To: The Suppressors
Much of what you’ve done is beyond words.
Do not despair: the torture, the rape, the murder, the suffering has all been noted.
To do so much damage to people, your people, is against all that you were sworn in to protect. You remain a disgrace to your country and all of humanity.
Zimbabwe is a land of many wonders. We are resilient and will one day walk along the path of peace and reconciliation. It will not be easy, but I assure you that this day will come. Perhaps, the acts of you and your supporters will be forgiven, I sincerely hope this is possible, but they will never be forgotten. We will need to embrace them as a part of our identity before we can move forward. Their resolution is impossible to ensure. All we can now hope for is some form of closure.
We remain prisoners in our own land, victims of greed, corruption and tyranny but we have hope in the power of freedom and its unstoppable voice.
The People of Zimbabwe
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