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African tears by Catherine Buckle
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African tears: The Zimbabwean Land Invasion, was the author first title about the devastation of Zimbabwe's farming sector. In it, she describes how in 1990 she and her husband became the proud owners of Stow Farm, with the approval of the Zanu-PF government. They borrowed money at high interest rates to turn the farm into a viable financial enterprise and within seven years they had paid off the loan and were free of debt. But on 28 February 2000, a mob of men claiming to be veterans of the 1980 War for Independence arrived at their farm gate. The so-called 'war vets' claimed that the farm and everything on it was now their property, and that they had come to take back what had been stolen from their ancestors. African tears is Cathy's horrifying account of what then transpired. It is the story of her family's experiences and describes the horror of their home, livelihood and investment taken away from them. African tears is a moving testament to the horror that has been unleashed by President Robert Mugabe's exploitative land policy and the corruption which is running riot in a country that faces both starvation and financial ruin.
Release date Australia
December 31st, 2002
Country of Publication
South Africa
Jonathan Ball Publishers SA
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