In my last post specifically relating to Zimbabwe  (July 2, 2007) I spoke of the impact of rampant inflation on the lives of people there and my amazement at the rapid deterioration of the Zimbabwean economy compared with my previous post on the subject, just a few weeks earlier (June 13, 2007).  Well sadly, Zimbabwe now seems to be in its death throes.
This weekend, London’s Sunday Times carried another story of suffering in Zimbabwe titled “Zimbabwe’s silent genocide” by journalist and author Christina Lamb.   Literally millions of people have died of aids and are likely to die of starvation in the coming months in Zimbabwe and there are 1.4 million orphans as a result of this.  An estimated 4 million people have fled Zimbabwe – mostly for neighbouring South Africa – in a desperate effort to survive.  People are dying through malnutrition and lack of basic medicines.
Hidden behind these horrifying figures is the day to day suffering of individual human beings.  According to one correspondent, a “widowed railway pensioner last month received her pension plus two months back pay as there had been a wage rise – the total amount (she) received was $155,000”.  One loaf of bread (last time it was available) cost $45,000; 500 grams (1.1 lb) of butter cost $600,000; one tin of tuna, $235,000; and four toilet rolls $325,000.
On Sunday a correspondent in Zimbabwe reported that Mugabe has decided to stop inflation (running at 15,000% at the last estimate) and solve the problem.  Mugabe ordered his troops, police and other thugs to force shops to sell food at last week’s prices.  Shop owners both large and small have been forced to sell the goods they have at less than it cost them to buy them.  The shops were emptied by mobs of frenzied shoppers and then closed because they have no stock, and couldn’t afford to buy stock even if it was available.
All this is happening in Zimbabwe today as you and I sit down to our breakfasts…
This is what happens when terrorists win wars.
Peter Davies was a territorial soldier in Rhodesia from 1963 to 1975.  Davies’ novel, Scatterlings of Africa, is based on his experience in the war, and personal observations of how terrorist activities impacted Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) and its people.  See http://www.peterdaviesbooks.com.

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