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Old 10-30-2002, 02:21 PM
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Good to hear you're still with us Sam. It's a big load off our minds knowing you're ok.
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Old 11-12-2002, 04:16 AM
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Hey Sam, what news? We haven't heard from you in a fortnight.

There hasn't been too much of Zim in our news for the last while, so I hope it really is quiet up there.
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Old 11-13-2002, 02:02 AM
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Hi Al - yes, "quietish", but then all things are relative, aren't they!

We've now been given our compulsory acquisition order, so have just over 2 months to get off the place.

Starvation is rampant now - 6 million at the last count. I've been asking around about how to get food to hungry kids, but have been told in no uncertain terms not to even try ... food is being used as a political weapon these days and anyone who messes around in that department is heading for trouble. If you get stopped at a police roadblock (of which there are plenty) and you have a stack of food on board, it gets confiscated and you get questioned - where did you get this, where were you taking it, etc. etc.

Mrs. Chinamasa certainly isn't under-fed ... she was here last night demanding this and that - it was quite difficult to keep calm. She's announced that she's going to plough up the field right next to the house, which is where our horses graze ... next stop the lawn!!! At least she hasn't threatened us yet.

So we're still looking going to the W. Cape - d'you know of any good spots?

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Old 11-13-2002, 10:24 AM
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Great to hear you're still alright or at least unharmed physically, Sam. I believe there's a politcal tactic in the food distribution that is designed to keep the masses loyal to the government. It's the same type of brainwashing that makes an abductee become loyal to those who imprisoned them. If all food comes from the government then it makes them look like the saviors who are trying to help them, not to mention the land they are already giving them. In the process, they also label a scapegoat for the mass famine and that's the white farmers. You probably got some very good advice about staying out of the food distribution or you run the risk of the government coming down on you. In your situation, you should maintain a very low profile for the 2 months until your deadline is up. Good luck Sam and as always, stay safe.
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Old 11-14-2002, 12:27 AM
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Sam, can't offer too much on the W Cape as I don't like it (too much wind). I prefer the bushveld. Two of my sisters stay on the w coast n of Cape Town in a place called Tableview, and they love it.

I believe an American tourist was shot in Mutare recently...
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Old 11-14-2002, 12:46 AM
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Yes, I just read about that this morning - I gather he was working for an aid organisation ... distributing food. Perhaps I'd better not try that after all ...

Al - You're right about the wind in the W. Cape - "four seasons in one day" is how one person described the weather there. But I reckon it's a small price to pay for peace and security ...

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Old 11-14-2002, 12:55 AM
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Sam, I forgot to ask, if Mrs Chinamasa is going to plough the field that the horses graze on, what's going to happen to them?
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Old 11-14-2002, 01:05 AM
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Good question!
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Old 11-22-2002, 10:01 AM
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Hi Sam,

I see you're online. Anything new to let us know about?

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Old 11-22-2002, 10:32 AM
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Not really, Ed! Things are fairly quiet at the moment. I think there was a big push on with the land resettlement thing just before the first rains - now they've been (& gone!), the new "farmers" are busy planting. Or they should be!

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