â€œStarving in Zimbabwe â€˜amounts to genocideâ€™â€ reports the UKâ€™s Daily Telegraph on 21st August 2007, quoting David Coultard, a senior member of Zimbabweâ€™s fractured opposition party â€œMovement for Democratic Changeâ€. The United Nations World Food Programme has made an immediate appeal for emergency food aid for 3.3 million Zimbabweans who are â€œfacing severe food shortagesâ€. In July, the population of Zimbabwe was estimated to have dropped from 11 million to 7 million over the past few years, partly through deaths from AIDS and malnutrition and partly through vast numbers of refugees fleeing across the borders to neighbouring countries â€“ mainly South Africa. Zimbabwe also has the worldâ€™s lowest life expectancy â€“ 37 for males and 34 for females (World Health Organisation). It also has the worlds highest inflation rate â€“ currently estimated at somewhere around 10,000%, but no one knows for sure because the state stopped publishing statistics after inflation reached 4,000% a few months ago.
Itâ€™s hard to believe that when the â€œwicked colonialistâ€ government was replaced by President Mugabeâ€™s â€œDemocratically Electedâ€ Government in 1980, Rhodesia (as Zimbabwe was known back then) produced and exported so much food surplus that it was known as the â€œBreadbasket of Africaâ€. And that was despite having suffered fifteen years of UN imposed sanctions and Civil War between the Rhodesian Government and Mugabeâ€™s Communist Chinese backed terrorist insurgents. Back in 1980, life expectancy, at over 60 years was among the highest in Africa and it had the highest education rate in Southern Africa. Hardly any kids go to school now.
Throughout the Rhodesian Civil War, Western Media supported Mugabeâ€™s so called â€œFreedom Fightersâ€, as did the World Council of Churches and many other Christian Organisationsâ€¦ and most Western Governments; they provided both moral and financial support to Mugabe and his terrorists. Everyone wanted Democracy for Africa. Sound familiar? (Because it is oil rich, it is unlikely that Iraq will end up with millions starving, but will â€œdemocracyâ€ ever bring peace to the place?)
In Zimbabwe, no opposition has ever been allowed to win an election â€“ everyone knows that the elections are rigged. People who are known to support Mugabeâ€™s opposition are killed, or beaten and starved â€“ their homes destroyed â€“ unless they learn to vote for Mugabeâ€™s party.
The Liberals of the western world must now take the blame for the disaster that Africa, especially Zimbabwe, has become. The damage their idealistic views â€“ forced onto people who knew better â€“ is now evident. It is the Black Africans who are suffering â€“ White Africans (including the White African Liberals) have mostly left Africa and are living their lives in comparative safety and luxury inâ€¦ the West. I have lost touch with my old Black comrades in Zimbabwe, but I fear most are dead by now because they wouldnâ€™t have lived to enjoy their old age. I wonder how grateful their children and grandchildren are to Britain and the USA for their â€œfreedomâ€?
Peter Davies was a territorial soldier in Rhodesia from 1963 to 1975, where he took part in the capture and interrogation of terrorists. Davies’ novel, Scatterlings of Africa, is based on his own experience in the war, and personal observations of how terrorist activities impacted Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) and its people.
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