09 April 2010

Postcard From Zimbabwe

Already you hear the older black South Africans hankering after SA under Apartheid. The title to this post will soon be changing to "Postcard from South Africa"...



Here’s a measure of how President Robert Mugabe is destroying this once lush nation of Zimbabwe:

In a week of surreptitious reporting here (committing journalism can be a criminal offense in Zimbabwe), ordinary people said time and again that life had been better under the old, racist, white regime of what was then called Rhodesia.

“When the country changed from Rhodesia to Zimbabwe, we were very excited,” one man, Kizita, told me in a village of mud-walled huts near this town in western Zimbabwe. “But we didn’t realize the ones we chased away were better and the ones we put in power would oppress us.”

“It would have been better if whites had continued to rule because the money would have continued to come,” added a neighbor, a 58-year-old farmer named Isaac. “It was better under Rhodesia. Then we could get jobs. Things were cheaper in stores. Now we have no money, no food.”

Over and over, I cringed as I heard Africans wax nostalgic about a nasty, oppressive regime run by a tiny white elite. Black Zimbabweans responded that at least that regime was more competent than today’s nasty, oppressive regime run by the tiny black elite that surrounds Mr. Mugabe.

People I talked to were terrified for their personal safety if quoted — much more scared than in the past. That’s why I’m being vague about locations and agreed to omit full names.

But what is clear is that Zimbabwe has come very far downhill over the last few decades (although it has risen a bit since its trough two years ago). An impressive health and education system is in tatters, and life expectancy has tumbled from about 60 years in 1990 to somewhere between 36 and 44, depending on which statistics you believe.

Western countries have made the mistake of focusing their denunciations on the seizures of white farms by Mr. Mugabe’s cronies. That’s tribalism by whites; by far the greatest suffering has been endured by Zimbabwe’s blacks.

In Kizita’s village, for example, I met a 29-year-old woman, seven months pregnant, who had malaria. She and her husband had walked more than four miles to the nearest clinic, where she tested positive for malaria. But the clinic refused to give her some life-saving anti-malaria medicine unless she paid $2 — and she had no money at all in her house. So, dizzy and feverish, she stumbled home for another four miles, empty-handed.

I also spent time at an elementary school where the number of students had dropped sharply because so few parents today can afford $36 in annual school fees.

“We don’t have desks. We don’t have chairs. We don’t have books,” explained the principal, who was terrified of being named. The school also lacks electricity and water, and the first grade doesn’t have a classroom and meets under a tree.

This particular school had been founded by Rhodesians more than 70 years ago, and the principal mused that it must have served black pupils far better in Rhodesian days than today.

At another school 100 miles away, the deputy headmaster lamented that students can’t even afford pens. “One child has to finish his work, and then he lends his pen to another child,” he explained.

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6 comments:

  1. LL,

    I am copying and pasting a blog entry from Irish Savant which I found to be especially inspiring. The writer Lucinda has a great idea of offering refuge to white South African refugees, which I am going to offer as well. What do you think? Here's the blog post to which I refer:

    "I am convinced that the white South Africans are in for a bloodbath, and soon. ET's murder was the equivalent of Kristallnacht for them. I have offered to take in to my home any South African who needs a refuge (I live in California). Seventy years ago a number of Gentiles risked their lives to rescue some of our people from death. I could not live with myself if I did not offer to do the same, when all it will cost me is a bit of inconvenience. Where are all the white nationalists in the blogosphere and what are you all doing to save a remnant of these people? The politically corrected public around the world will shed not a tear for them. It is up to everyone who values Western civilization to lend a hand before it is too late. Don't wait for the artistic memorials and moving documentaries which lament their extinction."

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  2. Hi Ethan - yes I've seen Lucinda's comments on the Irish Savant and Nation of Cowards. Unfortunately, she doesn't give her contact details out so I'm not sure how South Africans can contact her...

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  3. LL,

    Do you happen to personally know of anyone in SA who is looking to get out and needs a sponsor? Perhaps some sort of "service" is needed to match up SA refugees with people willing to be sponsors?

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  4. Joe, actually I don't know of anyone personally. There is a new poor class of white South Africans who live in squatter conditions due to Affirmative Action - mainly in the north of the country. I come from Cape Town, which is way down South-West of the country. On the ILUVSA blogspot, they were talking of starting some kind of help-system so I'm not sure how we could coordinate it.

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  5. Personally, I can see Juliarse being president of ZA very, very soon. Unlike Bob, he will be coming to power in a state of chaos and you will see ZA run down in a much shorter time. Get out while you can...

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  6. Yeah Ex - I agree. It's definitely escalating - Julius wouldn't have ordered the hit on ET without having plans in place to back up the fall-out. He is a dangerous person who will make Idi Amin look like Sister Teresa.

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