[Homestead] was Go ld -- feel free to ignore, now Zimbabwe
indexer at fairpoint.net
Tue Dec 9 16:03:21 EST 2008
Clansgian at wmconnect.com wrote:
> Again, Bob, your world of myths. There were almost no evictions at gun point
> in Zimbabwe. It was all done through the courts. Almost to a man the white
> Zimbabwean farmers gave up their farms peaceably to peaceable court orders to
> do so.
James, I'm curious. I have friends who grew up in Zimbabwe. They're
both white, with a Dutch-but-many-years-in-Africa background in their
families, both of which had been in some other African country in the
1800s (sorry, forget where) and in Zimbabwe since about the turn into
1900. Jeanette and Martin married there, and came here, "because things
are terrible in Zimbabwe, and getting worse". I think it was around the
mid-seventies that I first knew them, and they'd been here a relatively
short time before that, I think. For years they'd mention their farming
parents, and how increasingly difficult life was for them back in
Zimbabwe. Finally, both sets of parents moved, one to New Zealand, one
to Australia; I haven't heard anything about the situation since except
for general/national news items.
So what I'm wondering, was that a frog-in-hot-water situation, or what?
Obviously a lot of folks knew things were "bad", then getting "worse".
Were there too few in numbers, or power, or something else, to effect
change, or did they just not believe it would come to that? Or what then?
Guess I wasn't paying good attention....
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