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Mugabe and the White African Kindle Edition
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I have heard good people say that if whites had redistributed land in Zimbabwe before 1990 then the government's compulsory Land Acquisition Act would never had been brought in. Without trying to be an indepth historical analysis, this book helps to show how much more complex the situation really was. Although a personal story about white farmers and their workers, this book shows that farmers have really only been the cover for Mugabe's efforts to control all his people - hence the author's references to the 'Operation Gukuruhundi' massacre of 20,000 people in 1983-4 and the 2005 'Operation Murambatsvina', a campaign to forcibly clear "illegal" trading and housing across the country which affected some 2.4 million people, according to the UN. This book is not an analysis of the whole situation in Zimbabwe, it is a personal story. But it is a heroic one which is extremely well told.
I highly recommend this book to anyone wanting a better understanding of the situation in Zimbabwe.
It is true that he concentrates on the minority of white farmers who bravely remain despite the threats on their lives and the theft of their property but he is also fighting for the rights of the vast number of black people who are being denied quality of life by President Mugabe's regime.
I was afraid that I would find the book boring and full of mind numbing detail of court proceedings etc but I was wrong and I have found reading Mugabe and the White African thoroughly fascinating and informative. The account of Ben's face to face encounter with Peter Chimada in the documentary film leaves questions unanswered but Ben has included the conversation in full which I found most helpful.
The book is written from the perspective of someone whose belief in God is totally foundational to his life and his thought processes so someone of different beliefs may find this irritating but they may also find it enlightening.
It is a book well worth reading.
Mugabe and the White African by Ben Freeth is a wonderful book, which describes his and his family's fight against the tyranny of Robert Mugabe - a fight simply to keep the farm that they and Freeth's father-in-law own in Zimbabwe. Courage of heroic proportions is set against evil and is shown to be powerless against such an adversary as Mugabe and his thugs. While not explicitly a Christian book, Freeth is supported, even at the point where death seems inevitable, by his faith in God; and the book is worth buying if only for the forewords by Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa and Archbishop John Sentamu of York. While the ending of the book is immensely sad, the reader is left with a sense that it just might mark a new beginning for the people of Zimbabwe, both black and white.
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