“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”

Martin Luther King, Jr

Friday, January 9, 2009

What is Zimbabwe's Future?

Robert Mugabe is in my opinion on his way out and it is only a matter of time. His soldiers have complained because of not being paid. There was a riot in November because of a “mix up” with their pay and soldiers have gone on a rampage in Harare protesting the lack of pay. Now with food being scarce and no money they are being fed elephant meat. The soldiers are welcoming the meat as a change from the sadza they are used to being given. Sadza is a type of porridge made from maize.


This following the economic collapse of the government, where Zim dollars are worth literally nothing. Cows are being sold for less than half there worth for a couple of bags of maize. Cholera is rampant among the African provinces with over 1,000 deaths reported and this is just the tip of the iceberg.


This once proud country was the jewel in Africa’s crown able to feed it’s hungry, heal it’s sick and educate it’s people is now in collapse. Fresh water is nowhere to be found. People are drinking dirty water even with the risk of getting Cholera because they are thirsty and are trying to quench their thirst. Manholes are belching filthy water from broken water pipes; sewage flows through the streets and drugs to treat this disease have been used up. 9 out of 10 provinces have reported cholera cases, and 18,000 cases have been reported so far. WHO is warning infection could triple before it is over.


The international community is raising the impact of the disease to try to leverage support from Zimbabwe’s neighbors who have been mute to the problems. Robert Mugabe claims cholera is no more and that the western states and Britain are using this to force him to step down, and as a pretext to launch military invasions from Zimbabwe’s former colonial masters.

With the rains coming the fear that the cholera will spread rapidly is very real. The meager supplies coming in really amount to putting a band-aid on a festering ulcer.
Here is a site I hope you take the time to visit. They are doing all they can for the victims of Zimbabwe and they desperately need your help. They are called Tearfund. Please visit and see if there is something you can do.


Adullamite said...

Sometimes I fear Mugabe will never leave! However when he does what will happen then? To many cronies have fear of reprisal and this means the situation may get worse for a while!

Steve Hayes said...

With George Bush going today, let's hope Mugabe will not be far behind.


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