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VOICES OF ZIMBABWE (article first published : 2001-12-21)

Adams & Co (Musgrave), Covos Books and Alfa (Pvt) Ltd of Bulawayo recently launched Voices of Zimbabwe by Glyn Hunter, Larry Farren and Althea Farren.

Zimbabwe has spiralled into chaos since March 2000 when President Robert Mugabe's ruling party militants began the violent occupation of white-owned farms, demanding they be handed over to landless blacks. President Mugabe appears to be using the land seizures, without compensating farmers, as a pre-election ploy to garner support and quell any opposition prior to the Presidential elections due to be held in March 2002.

The violent and volatile land reform programme has resulted in more than 75,000 farm workers losing their jobs, their homes and their livelihood. If all the 3,000 commercial farms are taken over, more than 1 million people will be homeless in a country where unemployment is now above 60%. Inflation is set to hit three digit figures by the end of the year.

Voices of Zimbabwe is a moving and inspirational book which catalogues the courage of a besieged people in the face of unprecedented violence.

Presenting the views and experiences of people from different backgrounds, ethnic groups and economic sectors, including those with opposing views, the book seeks to create a greater level of understanding and unity in the face of a desperate ruling party which seeks to subdue the electorate at all costs.

By drawing the attention of South Africans and the rest of the world to the rapidly escalating violence, the authors hope to gain support for the beleaguered people of Zimbabwe and to halt an environmental disaster of epic proportions.

Most stories and poems begin with a pertinent quotation and many are enhanced with black and white colour illustrations. Original paintings and full colour photographs add visual interest, portraying the immense beauty of a country that deserves to be protected. Humorous pieces reflect the indomitable spirit of the Zimbabwean people.




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