What Remains For Zimbabwe After Empathy?

What Remains For Zimbabwe After Empathy?

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This is one piece of writing that every Zimbabwean at home and abroad should read and after reading, be able to find empathy with the moral situation that our country finds itself in today. The reader would, like a vehicle stopped at a traffic light, this particular Avondale shopping centre traffic light, pause and watch a full spectrum of Zimbabwean life being played out in front of them in pitiful scenes that one would hope and pray were only fictitious. But alas, its the reality of life as it stands in Zimbabwe today, as seen through the windscreen and windows of a privileged (middle class?) Young woman blogger’s car, almost infinitely paused at a traffic light.
Two words remain stuck in my head after reading this article. One is unity: thanks to a lot of politics and politicking, we all know how to spell it, backwards even, but have never actually seen enough of it in real life, or at least a fair share of it. The other is privilege: how so many of us have a disproportionate store of it, yet pretend we can’t even pronounce the word.
But in this article, Fungai so well pronounces both words for me it feels like I’d never known them before. Recommendation: please sister, would you write another article titled :… and when the light goes green”?

Originally posted on Fungai Neni:

The main traffic light that filters vehicles turning right from Harare’s Avondale Shopping Centre always seems to take an inordinate amount of time to change from red to green. And like many things requiring patience, this is a strange and testing phenomenon for motorists in a city whose worn and constricted roads are primed for daily aggressive driving and manoeuvring.

For what feels like minutes, you watch as cars roar along the main thoroughfare then filter left in a perfect orchestra of timed light. But you remain waiting, indicator ticking like a frenetic clock, foot revving up the engine in anticipation; eyes fixed on sudden change, and not on the children who approach your half-opened window pleading for whatever money and food you can spare.

Perhaps I imagine that traffic light takes longer to turn green than the others I navigate. And perhaps it is just a function of nature…

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The Surgery Ship: A Documentary About a Floating Hospital in West Africa

Title: The Surgery Ship
Release Date: 1 January 2014
Genres: Documentary
Director: Madeleine Hetherton
Actor: N/A
Country: Australia
Language: English

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Follow a team of Australian doctors and nurses on board a unique ship in West Africa. This floating hospital will face the most severe medical issues, long since eradicated in most parts of the world. Out on the ocean, the surgery ship carries life-saving medical services for people who have none: children who suffer with terrible leg deformities, women outcast from their communities by birthing fistulas, vast tumors of all shapes and sizes which afflict the unlucky.

How Mahatma Gandhi killed thousands of Indians with his call for prohibition

Originally posted on Lords of the Drinks:

Mahatma Gandhi is considered a national hero in India but actually he is responsible for the death of thousands of Indians. Mahatma Gandhi is considered a national hero in India but actually he is responsible for the death of thousands of Indians.

When we are discussing inspiring people of the 20th century we usually hear names like Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King and Mahatma Gandhi. That last one can be erased from the list as soon as possible, as far as we are concerned. Sure, his nonviolent fight for the civil rights of Indians was impressive, but how many died after that because of his ideas on alcohol? Inspired by Gandhi’s ideology several states in India cling on to prohibition till this very day. And the situation is a lot more horrifying than the glory days of Al Capone in the United States. By now the peaceful Mahatma Gandhi has the blood of thousands of people on his hands.

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Mugabe’s Moment and why his AU Chairmanship Divides Opinion

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Hero to some, Villain to others. This featured article puts the two aspects of Robert Mugabe’s political status on the continent into perspective. I venture to host the article here for the greater benefit of non Zimbabwean Africans who are still in the process of building their own opinions on the man, among them my personal friends and collegues here in the diaspora with whom I’ve had awkward conversations with on this subject.
I am nearly confident that most of my Zimbabwean followers here and on other social media platforms will at most give the man and subject of this article yet another big yawn.
Yet still, another excellent balanced piece of writing by Alex Magaisa.

Originally posted on newzimbabweconstitution:

Note: Over the weekend, The Daily News asked me to do an opinion on President Mugabe’s new Chairmanship of the African Union. I said this is not an easy subject, as President Mugabe is quite a complex character, who means different things to different people. I told them the article would be long – more feature-length than a mere 1,000 word opinion. This is because writing about President Mugabe requires a look at far more than one side and I was not prepared to do that. This is the result of my effort – I tried to look at the man as he is viewed by his supporters and as he is viewed by his critics and how these two different viewpoints inform the reaction towards his current Chairmanship of the AU.

Mugabe’s Moment and why his AU Chairmanship Divides Opinion

Alex T. Magaisa

The recent election of Zimbabwe’s President…

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Is protest through satire enough? #zvirikumbofambasei Part 2

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Zimbabweans have a lot of resilience in the face of economic hardships. Yeah yeah alright. But, as this blogger quotes in the article reblogged here, “The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress.” – Frederick Douglass 1818–1895.
Zimbabweans aught to start asking the sort of questions asked in this article more often.
See my comment at the end of the article. (Said comment was still in moderation at the time of reblogging though :)

Originally posted on MaDube's Reflections:

The greatest enemy for any people is apathy for it breeds a sense of comfort that prevents further interrogation of issues that affect communities. But I guess it would be inaccurate to label Zimbabwean society as apathetic as some citizens do engage issues in many different ways, satire being one of them. My last article spoke to this as I looked through the meaning of the #zvirikumbofambasei skits.

Over the past few months Zimbabweans have watched in horror as shocking events have unfolded, the majority of them involving the “mother of the nation.” First the First Lady got a miracle PHD. Her fast-tracked academic qualification from the University of Zimbabwe, where her husband is the Chancellor, was procured in a record 2 months whereas scholars of repute globally have spent an average of 3-7 years to achieve the same feat. Second; she bumped her way up the political ladder jumping from…

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Why did Obama not arrest a ‘bad-marred’ schoolgirl, and how can the Scots get a divorce referendum without a war?

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“…hate it as we might, the West keeps throwing stuff at us (Africans) that we can’t ignore, and that forces us to think deeply about how our own political societies work – or don’t.”

Originally posted on naked chiefs:

AS Africans, we have every right to hold a grudge (even hate) the west: They colonised us and, worse, subjected Africans to the worst form of degradation and exploitation – slavery (though, of course, our chiefs were deeply complicit in this crime).

Yet, hate it as we might, the West keeps throwing stuff at us that we can’t ignore, and that forces us to think deeply about our own political societies work – or don’t.

Let us start with the small one. A few days ago US President Barack Obama visited a Washington DC school, where he and First Michelle took part in an event, filling schoolbags with toys for homeless children.

This is how the BBC reported what happened in a story entitled President Barack Obama puts brave face on schoolgirl’s Beyoncé snub”:

A Washington DC schoolgirl has prompted laughter from the US President after admitting that…

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What is the Point of The Commonwealth Today? My take as a #Zimbabwean

I write in response to the article What is the point of The Commonwealth today?

I was watching the Commonwealth Games this past week and somewhat knew this kind of debate would be going on among my countrymen as they perch on bar stools watching their historic legendary Olympic swimmer Kirsty Coventry NOT come on their screens; or, if not watching the games, getting on with whatever they do to keep their heads above the water, so to speak.

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The Commonwealth is “an association for decolonised nations”. I like that. Its present shape and form is what its members have allowed it to be. Its future shape and form is a world of endless possibilities and opportunities, depending on the will and commitment of its members. But there is no doubt that its existence is relevent and desirable. hell we have in our schools, even, former students associations and their achievements vary from school to school and so does the influence or lack of it, of past and present school heads and student leaders. The comnwlth is and will be what its members make of it and noone need be repremanded for leaving it, joining it, or even rejoining it if they so wish. And once one has left, it would be cowardly to besmirch the name of a club of folks who just wanna have a cuppa tea and a yearly kick around without kicking each other’s a**** about. There is enough institutions in the world to police rogue nationhood. If one day the cmnnwlth resolves to do that, we will all be grateful for the extra hand at finding eternal world peace.
On the minus side, I should like to think this club needs a better sounding and honest to its intentions NAME. Presently it is not really spreading any wealth around, is it?
But honestly, I like it. And I like that it has a waiting list of prospective members.
What about Zimbabwe? Well we are a people who always believe and do as they are told. If we were told we are too good for the comnwlth, then so be it. If we were told the cmnwlth is too good for us, again so be it. We will make the most of whatever else fraternity we can find in the world. And there is plenty.

Photo credit: http://www.bcsbristol.org.uk