African Tears (Paperback)
The next five minutes were an eternity. It was quiet, so quiet; I couldn't even hear the birds outside; all I could hear, was my heart pounding. And then it started, whistling, loud whistling and one voice shouting: HONDO, HONDO, HONDO (War) Cathy Buckle, home alone at the time, locked herself in her study, sat on the floor and put her hands over her head. This was the beginning of seven months of anguish for a Zimbabwean family at the start of the new millennium. African Tears is the story of the invasion of Stow Farm in Marondera by war veterans and supporters of Robert Mugabe. A farm bought ten years after independence with the Government of Zimbabwe's approval and a Certificate of No Interest. African Tears describes Zimbabwe's descent into chaos and anarchy during the year 2000. Hundreds of farm invasions, horrific political violence against opposition supporters and government critics and the collapse of agriculture and food security.