Long after you leave Zimbabwe images linger in the mind, harrowing and ineradicable. An emaciated old woman making “soup” from weeds for her orphaned grandchildren; desperate parents foraging in the bush for a handful of desiccated berries; young men defying crocodiles to catch a handful of tiny fish in the Zambezi; the corpses of cholera victims trussed up in black plastic sheeting; the ubiquitous and debilitated Aids victims; perfunctory funerals in Harare’s cemetery while, all around, fresh graves are dug.
Sunday, January 4, 2009
A REAL tragedy
Adam Smith at The Inquiring Mind reminds us that while there is unlimited hand-wringing over the conflict between Israel and Hamas in Gaza, there is a real and enduring humanitarian crisis in Zimbabwe. The Times article which Adam quotes from begins thus, and is a must-read: