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1 20th August 18:19
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This report gives very clear meaning to the saying "Evil thrives when good men do nothing". In just 5 years, that's all it's taken. Lest we forget that freedom must be defended at all costs. There is absolutely no doubt that this Zimbabwe tragedy was avoidable.

Mail & Guardian (SA), 14 September 2004 08:59

Zimbabwe turns back the clock

Angus Shaw | Harare, Zimbabwe

In this nation that once boasted one of sub-Saharan Africa's most
vibrant economies, things have become so bad that people have taken to
telling a wry joke: "What did we have before candles?"

The answer: "Electricity."

Four years of turmoil have turned back the clock here.

Ambulances are drawn by oxen. Hand-guided cattle plows have replaced
farm machinery. The state railroad uses gunpowder charges on the
tracks to warn trains of danger ahead.

The often-violent seizure of thousands of white-owned farms for
reallocation to black Zimbabweans, coupled with erratic rains, has
decimated Zimbabwe's agriculture-based economy.

President Robert Mugabe argues that the land seizures have corrected
ownership imbalances from British colonial days that left one-third of
the country's farmland in the hands of about 5 000 white farmers.

Many seized farms went to Mugabe's cronies and lie fallow.

Ownership deeds were abolished, denying most new farmers collateral
for loans for equipment and materials. Tobacco production -- once the
country's biggest hard-currency earner -- has dropped by nearly 75%
since the seizures began in 2000.

The economic free-fall has been marked by regular power blackouts and
acute shortages of fuel, spare parts and new technology. Soaring
inflation and a shortage of hard currency have made it impossible to
import machinery needed to rebuild the economy.

Once-fertile farmland now has the desolate look of a junkyard; farm
machines that used to rumble through fields now stand idle, broken
down or plundered for components.

"Whole irrigation systems are down, farm equipment is at a standstill
or in a shocking state of repair," said John Worsely-Worswick, head of
a farmers' support group.

A formerly white-owned estate that produced a fourth of the nation's
wheat has been broken up into small parcels of land for black farmers,
bringing intensive, large-scale farming to a halt.

The once-mechanised property in the main grain-growing area of
Chinhoyi, north-west of Harare, is now mainly tilled by animal-drawn
harrows.

In an unusual admission of economic weakness, the government recently
estimated that at least 35 000 new tractors are needed to revive
mechanised agriculture, which began here with the importation of the
first tractor in 1911. Foreign investors and aid groups have been
withholding support because of alleged government corruption and
human-rights violations.

With signals functioning on just 20km of a 300km stretch of track, the
state-owned National Railways of Zimbabwe has reverted to posting

Crews use signboards or small gunpowder charges detonated by an
oncoming train's front wheels to warn of blockages ahead.

A plan to reintroduce steam trains on some routes was abandoned
earlier this year because costly and impractical repairs were needed
at water-pumping points.

The independent Southern African Railways Association has described
Zimbabwe's broken railway system as lagging at least 50 years behind
present-day standards.

Faced with a shortage of ambulances in the crumbling national health
system, nine wooden carts hauled by oxen went into service in July to
ferry pregnant women, children and other non-emergency cases safely --
and slowly -- along rural dirt roads to the nearest clinics.

The United Nations Children's Fund helped pay for the locally built
ambulances -- bigger, enclosed versions of the traditional donkey
cart, with a red cross emblazoned on their white sides. More are
planned, said Tich Chikowore, of the Children's Fund.

Abraham Kochi, a house painter from western Harare, said he can no
longer find kerosene for his stove and is forced to cook with
firewood.

"I go to meet the buses coming from the rural areas. They are bringing
bundles of wood to sell," he said.

This new reliance on firewood by poor families has caused severe
deforestation.

As poverty deepens, the Zimbabwe National Association of Traditional
Healers has reported a sharp increase in patients consulting
herbalists and spiritualists who practise centuries-old rituals that
had previously been waning.

Their services and potions -- such as crushed beetles and roots to
treat common fevers and other ailments -- cost a fraction of those of
Western doctors.

Doctors say midwives are now sealing off the umbilical protrusion of
newborns with string, and dentists say many of their patients are
using salt instead of toothpaste.

Unemployment of nearly 80% has forced many skilled workers to eke out
a living as street vendors.

Disused mine shafts have been unsealed by desperate Zimbabweans
searching for the remnants of ore that is then crushed and panned in
water using ancient techniques.

Much of the ore is found around the pillars that hold up the shafts,
said mining expert John Holloway.

"Hacking away at the pillars and walls is very dangerous indeed," he
said, though there are no records of deaths or injuries among the
illegal miners.

Panners digging deep into river banks have also caused massive
environmental damage, he said. Seasonal rains wash away the banks and
dump silt into the rivers and dams.

Such practices are effectively encouraged by the government, which
increased the price paid by the state bullion exchange for gold after
a dramatic fall in legal production last year, blamed on shortages of
mining equipment and spare parts.

"We have gone back in time," said Worsely-Worswick, of the farmer's
support group. -- Sapa-AP
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2 22nd August 20:51
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This report gives very clear meaning to the saying "Evil thrives when
good men do nothing". In just 5 years, that's all it's taken. Lest we
forget that freedom must be defended at all costs. There is absolutely
no doubt that this Zimbabwe tragedy was avoidable.

Mail & Guardian (SA), 14 September 2004 08:59

Zimbabwe turns back the clock

Angus Shaw | Harare, Zimbabwe

In this nation that once boasted one of sub-Saharan Africa's most
vibrant economies, things have become so bad that people have taken to
telling a wry joke: "What did we have before candles?"

The answer: "Electricity."

Four years of turmoil have turned back the clock here.

Ambulances are drawn by oxen. Hand-guided cattle plows have replaced
farm machinery. The state railroad uses gunpowder charges on the
tracks to warn trains of danger ahead.

The often-violent seizure of thousands of white-owned farms for
reallocation to black Zimbabweans, coupled with erratic rains, has
decimated Zimbabwe's agriculture-based economy.

President Robert Mugabe argues that the land seizures have corrected
ownership imbalances from British colonial days that left one-third of
the country's farmland in the hands of about 5 000 white farmers.

Many seized farms went to Mugabe's cronies and lie fallow.

Ownership deeds were abolished, denying most new farmers collateral
for loans for equipment and materials. Tobacco production -- once the
country's biggest hard-currency earner -- has dropped by nearly 75%
since the seizures began in 2000.

The economic free-fall has been marked by regular power blackouts and
acute shortages of fuel, spare parts and new technology. Soaring
inflation and a shortage of hard currency have made it impossible to
import machinery needed to rebuild the economy.

Once-fertile farmland now has the desolate look of a junkyard; farm
machines that used to rumble through fields now stand idle, broken
down or plundered for components.

"Whole irrigation systems are down, farm equipment is at a standstill
or in a shocking state of repair," said John Worsely-Worswick, head of
a farmers' support group.

A formerly white-owned estate that produced a fourth of the nation's
wheat has been broken up into small parcels of land for black farmers,
bringing intensive, large-scale farming to a halt.

The once-mechanised property in the main grain-growing area of
Chinhoyi, north-west of Harare, is now mainly tilled by animal-drawn
harrows.

In an unusual admission of economic weakness, the government recently
estimated that at least 35 000 new tractors are needed to revive
mechanised agriculture, which began here with the importation of the
first tractor in 1911. Foreign investors and aid groups have been
withholding support because of alleged government corruption and
human-rights violations.

With signals functioning on just 20km of a 300km stretch of track, the
state-owned National Railways of Zimbabwe has reverted to posting

Crews use signboards or small gunpowder charges detonated by an
oncoming train's front wheels to warn of blockages ahead.

A plan to reintroduce steam trains on some routes was abandoned
earlier this year because costly and impractical repairs were needed
at water-pumping points.

The independent Southern African Railways Association has described
Zimbabwe's broken railway system as lagging at least 50 years behind
present-day standards.

Faced with a shortage of ambulances in the crumbling national health
system, nine wooden carts hauled by oxen went into service in July to
ferry pregnant women, children and other non-emergency cases safely --
and slowly -- along rural dirt roads to the nearest clinics.

The United Nations Children's Fund helped pay for the locally built
ambulances -- bigger, enclosed versions of the traditional donkey
cart, with a red cross emblazoned on their white sides. More are
planned, said Tich Chikowore, of the Children's Fund.

Abraham Kochi, a house painter from western Harare, said he can no
longer find kerosene for his stove and is forced to cook with
firewood.

"I go to meet the buses coming from the rural areas. They are bringing
bundles of wood to sell," he said.

This new reliance on firewood by poor families has caused severe
deforestation.

As poverty deepens, the Zimbabwe National Association of Traditional
Healers has reported a sharp increase in patients consulting
herbalists and spiritualists who practise centuries-old rituals that
had previously been waning.

Their services and potions -- such as crushed beetles and roots to
treat common fevers and other ailments -- cost a fraction of those of
Western doctors.

Doctors say midwives are now sealing off the umbilical protrusion of
newborns with string, and dentists say many of their patients are
using salt instead of toothpaste.

Unemployment of nearly 80% has forced many skilled workers to eke out
a living as street vendors.

Disused mine shafts have been unsealed by desperate Zimbabweans
searching for the remnants of ore that is then crushed and panned in
water using ancient techniques.

Much of the ore is found around the pillars that hold up the shafts,
said mining expert John Holloway.

"Hacking away at the pillars and walls is very dangerous indeed," he
said, though there are no records of deaths or injuries among the
illegal miners.

Panners digging deep into river banks have also caused massive
environmental damage, he said. Seasonal rains wash away the banks and
dump silt into the rivers and dams.

Such practices are effectively encouraged by the government, which
increased the price paid by the state bullion exchange for gold after
a dramatic fall in legal production last year, blamed on shortages of
mining equipment and spare parts.

"We have gone back in time," said Worsely-Worswick, of the farmer's
support group. -- Sapa-AP
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3 22nd August 20:51
zakanaka
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This report gives very clear meaning to the saying "Evil thrives when
good men do nothing". In just 5 years, that's all it's taken. Lest we
forget that freedom must be defended at all costs. There is absolutely
no doubt that this Zimbabwe tragedy was avoidable.

Mail & Guardian (SA), 14 September 2004 08:59

Zimbabwe turns back the clock

Angus Shaw | Harare, Zimbabwe

In this nation that once boasted one of sub-Saharan Africa's most
vibrant economies, things have become so bad that people have taken to
telling a wry joke: "What did we have before candles?"

The answer: "Electricity."

Four years of turmoil have turned back the clock here.

Ambulances are drawn by oxen. Hand-guided cattle plows have replaced
farm machinery. The state railroad uses gunpowder charges on the
tracks to warn trains of danger ahead.

The often-violent seizure of thousands of white-owned farms for
reallocation to black Zimbabweans, coupled with erratic rains, has
decimated Zimbabwe's agriculture-based economy.

President Robert Mugabe argues that the land seizures have corrected
ownership imbalances from British colonial days that left one-third of
the country's farmland in the hands of about 5 000 white farmers.

Many seized farms went to Mugabe's cronies and lie fallow.

Ownership deeds were abolished, denying most new farmers collateral
for loans for equipment and materials. Tobacco production -- once the
country's biggest hard-currency earner -- has dropped by nearly 75%
since the seizures began in 2000.

The economic free-fall has been marked by regular power blackouts and
acute shortages of fuel, spare parts and new technology. Soaring
inflation and a shortage of hard currency have made it impossible to
import machinery needed to rebuild the economy.

Once-fertile farmland now has the desolate look of a junkyard; farm
machines that used to rumble through fields now stand idle, broken
down or plundered for components.

"Whole irrigation systems are down, farm equipment is at a standstill
or in a shocking state of repair," said John Worsely-Worswick, head of
a farmers' support group.

A formerly white-owned estate that produced a fourth of the nation's
wheat has been broken up into small parcels of land for black farmers,
bringing intensive, large-scale farming to a halt.

The once-mechanised property in the main grain-growing area of
Chinhoyi, north-west of Harare, is now mainly tilled by animal-drawn
harrows.

In an unusual admission of economic weakness, the government recently
estimated that at least 35 000 new tractors are needed to revive
mechanised agriculture, which began here with the importation of the
first tractor in 1911. Foreign investors and aid groups have been
withholding support because of alleged government corruption and
human-rights violations.

With signals functioning on just 20km of a 300km stretch of track, the
state-owned National Railways of Zimbabwe has reverted to posting

Crews use signboards or small gunpowder charges detonated by an
oncoming train's front wheels to warn of blockages ahead.

A plan to reintroduce steam trains on some routes was abandoned
earlier this year because costly and impractical repairs were needed
at water-pumping points.

The independent Southern African Railways Association has described
Zimbabwe's broken railway system as lagging at least 50 years behind
present-day standards.

Faced with a shortage of ambulances in the crumbling national health
system, nine wooden carts hauled by oxen went into service in July to
ferry pregnant women, children and other non-emergency cases safely --
and slowly -- along rural dirt roads to the nearest clinics.

The United Nations Children's Fund helped pay for the locally built
ambulances -- bigger, enclosed versions of the traditional donkey
cart, with a red cross emblazoned on their white sides. More are
planned, said Tich Chikowore, of the Children's Fund.

Abraham Kochi, a house painter from western Harare, said he can no
longer find kerosene for his stove and is forced to cook with
firewood.

"I go to meet the buses coming from the rural areas. They are bringing
bundles of wood to sell," he said.

This new reliance on firewood by poor families has caused severe
deforestation.

As poverty deepens, the Zimbabwe National Association of Traditional
Healers has reported a sharp increase in patients consulting
herbalists and spiritualists who practise centuries-old rituals that
had previously been waning.

Their services and potions -- such as crushed beetles and roots to
treat common fevers and other ailments -- cost a fraction of those of
Western doctors.

Doctors say midwives are now sealing off the umbilical protrusion of
newborns with string, and dentists say many of their patients are
using salt instead of toothpaste.

Unemployment of nearly 80% has forced many skilled workers to eke out
a living as street vendors.

Disused mine shafts have been unsealed by desperate Zimbabweans
searching for the remnants of ore that is then crushed and panned in
water using ancient techniques.

Much of the ore is found around the pillars that hold up the shafts,
said mining expert John Holloway.

"Hacking away at the pillars and walls is very dangerous indeed," he
said, though there are no records of deaths or injuries among the
illegal miners.

Panners digging deep into river banks have also caused massive
environmental damage, he said. Seasonal rains wash away the banks and
dump silt into the rivers and dams.

Such practices are effectively encouraged by the government, which
increased the price paid by the state bullion exchange for gold after
a dramatic fall in legal production last year, blamed on shortages of
mining equipment and spare parts.

"We have gone back in time," said Worsely-Worswick, of the farmer's
support group. -- Sapa-AP
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4 22nd August 20:52
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I'll bet Mugabe's had one or two in his mouf before.

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We need to evacuated all remaining whites and then let the niggers rot.

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HARARE, Zimbabwe - Things have gotten so bad in Zimbabwe that the
niggers are asking: "What did we have before candles?" The answer:
"Electricity."

Zimbabwe, formerly Rhodesia, once boasted Sub-Saharan Africa's most
vibrant economy, but four years of nigga****ation have destroyed all
the progress made by Humans. The agriculture-based economy has been
totally ****ed up beyond all repair by the violent seizure of
thousands of Human-owned farms for reallocation to fecal colored
parasites.

As a result, the country is reverting to the primitive condition it
was in before Cecil Rhodes brought Human Civilization to the savage
pickaninnies. Oxen have now taken over plow duty from farm machinery,
the state railroad uses gunpowder charges on the tracks to warn trains
of danger ahead, and the sick have reverted back to Witch Doctors and
muti.

Mugabe, the current head nigga says that the seizures have reversed
the situation during British colonial days when a less than a third of
the country's farmland in the hands of about 5,000 Humans produced
such an abundance of produce that Rhodesia was known as "The Bread
Basket Of Africa". Most of the stolen properties went to Mugabe's
homies and now lie in ruins. Ownership deeds were abolished, denying
the thieves collateral for loans. Tobacco production - once the
country's biggest hard currency earner - has dropped by nearly 95
percent since the seizures began in 2000 and the niggers can't even
feed themselves after eating the seed corn.

The economic free-fall has been marked by constant power blackouts and
acute shortages of fuel, food and Human technology. Soaring inflation
and a shortage of hard currency have made it impossible to import
goods and machinery needed to rebuild the economy.

Once-fertile farmland now has the desolate look of a typical nigger
junkyard: Farm machines that used to rumble through lush fields now
stand idle, smashed and plundered for scrap. "Whole irrigation systems
are down, farm equipment is trashed and in a shocking state of
disrepair," said John Worsely-Worswick, head of a farmers' support
group.

A formerly Human-owned estate that produced a fourth of the nation's
wheat has been chopped up into small parcels for savage shitskins,
bringing large-scale farming to a halt. The property in the main grain
growing area of Chinhoyi, northwest of Harare, is now mainly grazed by
starving africoons who are bewildered because the crops no longer
appear seasonally.

In an unusual admission of economic weakness, the head nigger recently
estimated that at least 35,000 new tractors are needed to revive
agriculture, which began when the first tractor was imported in 1911
by Humans. Foreign investors and AID groups are withholding support
because of nigga****ation, corruption and Human Rights violations.

With signals functioning on less than 10 miles of a 190-mile stretch
of track, the National Railways of Zimbabwe has reverted to posting
hand-scribbled cards and pictures at sidings and stations to advise
jigaboos about train movements.

The nignogs use picture boards and gunpowder charges detonated by an
oncoming train's front wheels to warn of blockages ahead. A plan to
reintroduce steam trains on some routes was abandoned earlier this
year because complicated repairs were needed at water pumping points.
The independent Southern Africoon Railways Association has described
Zimbabwe's broken railway system as lagging at least 90 years behind
Human standards.

Faced with a shortage of ambulances in the crumbling national health
system, nine wooden Ox carts went into service in July to ferry
pregnant bitches, nigglets and other critters along rural dirt roads
to the nearest Witch Doctors.

The U.N. Children's Fund helped pay for the locally built ox drawn
"ambulances" - a bigger, covered wagon version of a donkey cart, with
a red cross emblazoned on their white sides. More are planned, said
Tich Chikowore, of UNICEF.

Kochi, a spook from western Harare, said he can no longer find
kerosene for his stove, so he has gone back to burning wood. "I go to
meet the buses coming from the rural areas. They are bringing bundles
of wood to sell," he said. This new reliance on firewood by the fecal
colored parasites is causing severe deforestation and drought.

As nigga****ation deepens, the Zimbabwe National Association of Witch
Doctors has reported more patients consulting herbalists and
spiritualists who practice centuries-old africoon rituals that had
been previously outgrown. Their services and potions - such as body
parts, crushed beetles and roots to treat common fevers and other
ailments - cost a fraction of those of Human doctors. Doctors say
mammies now seal off newborn nigglet's umbilical cords with grass, and
dentists say many of their patients are using feces instead of
toothpaste.

Unemployment nearing 90 percent has forced many niggers to eke out a
living as jungle bunnies. Disused mine shafts have been unsealed by
desperate africoons searching for the remnants of ore that is then
crushed and panned in water using ancient techniques. Much of the
loose ore is found around the pillars that hold up the shafts, said
mining expert John Holloway.

"Hacking away at the supporting pillars and walls is incredibly stupid
indeed," he said, causing cave ins resulting in deaths or injuries
among the illegal miners. Some niggers digging deep into river banks
have also caused massive environmental damage, he said. Seasonal rains
wash away the banks and dump shit into the rivers and dams.

Such practices are effectively encouraged by the head nigger who
increased the price he pays for gold after a dramatic fall in legal
production last year, blamed on shortages of mining equipment and
spare parts.
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