August 28, 2016

ANNALS OF “BAD LUCK:” ‘No One Is Safe’: Zimbabwe Threatens to Seize Farms of Party Defectors.

Hey, it was over a decade ago when Nick Kristof reported that Zimbabweans were nostalgic for the days of white rule:

An elderly peasant in another village, Makupila Muzamba, said that hunger today is worse than ever before in his seven decades or so, and said: “I want the white man’s government to come back. Even if whites were oppressing us, we could get jobs and things were cheap compared to today.”

His wife, Mugombo Mudenda, remembered that as a younger woman she used to eat meat, drink tea, use sugar and buy soap. But now she cannot even afford corn gruel. “I miss the days of white rule,” she said.

And things have only gotten worse since. But they’re right to be nostalgic: International opinion would never stand for a white government that treated blacks so badly. For Mugabe, though, it just yawns.

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