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Letters from Zimbabwe

Cathy Buckle

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Cathy Buckle writes her blog, 'Letters from Zimbabwe', not as an academic, an expert or an historian, but as an ordinary woman living in a small town in Zimbabwe. Her letters are first published on

Hands across the fence

4 Oct 2021 /  Cathy Buckle   2
Strangers to each other, clasping hands in hope: this is what Zimbabwe can be.

Sun spiders and land invaders 

20 Sep 2021 /  Cathy Buckle    12
The reality of the new normal in Zimbabwe: invasion after invasion, depending on who’s in power, in favour and who has friends in high places.

Zimbabwe’s sound of hope

3 Sep 2021 /  Cathy Buckle   7
The contrast between the struggle of everyday life and the beauty of Zimbabwe is dramatic.

The Goodbye Store and lost dreams

23 Aug 2021 /  Cathy Buckle   10
A shooting star falls through the sky and we make a wish; mine is for our beleaguered land.

Roving bandits and trumpets in the wind 

2 Aug 2021 /  Cathy Buckle   3
Counting the terrible cost of the Covid-19 and corruption pandemics in Zimbabwe.

Oh South Africa

19 Jul 2021 /  Cathy Buckle   19
Now we know how you have felt watching Zimbabwe for the past two decades. 

The money changers and the old lady

5 Jul 2021 /  Cathy Buckle   9
Time for a reality check again.

River of many hippos and the bronze statue

7 Jun 2021 /  Cathy Buckle   12
Oh Zimbabwe, where are your priorities?

Give a loaf to a stranger

10 May 2021 /  Cathy Buckle   18
In Zimbabwe, farm and domestic workers' earnings cannot buy a loaf of bread a day for the whole month.

Baobabs, donkey carts and armoured beetles

26 Apr 2021 /  Cathy Buckle   8
And the passing of Constitutional Amendment Bill No 2 in Zimbabwe …

Close your eyes, feel the warm breeze, walk with me

16 Apr 2021 /  Cathy Buckle   3
For once, let’s not talk about the ugly side of life in Zimbabwe; the politics, greed, corruption and oppression.

Caterpillars, corruption and utter absurdity

23 Mar 2021 /  Cathy Buckle   6
Unearthed corruption leads to opposition MP's removal from parliament.

Be warned: No more land invasions, except for …

8 Mar 2021 /  Cathy Buckle   8
Over 12 000 Shangaan families to make way for a white-owned commercial dairy operation, while white commercial farmer on land protected by a bilateral agreement with Italy subjected to forcible removal on a Friday night.

Rock paintings and the learners who didn’t learn

23 Feb 2021 /  Cathy Buckle   4
These are the custodians of Zimbabwe’s magnificent legacy, of paintings one or two thousand years old. What would their paintings today be?

Courage doesn’t mean you aren’t afraid

25 Jan 2021 /  Cathy Buckle   4
Inspiring words from an advocate recently incarcerated in Zimbabwe.

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