I often feel that I'm frivolously blogging while Zimbabwe burns - after coming across a post by a Capetonian blogger, Dianne McNaughton - Poor Zimbabwe! thought I'd also just add a small voice of protest about the appalling situation just a few hundred kilometres away from here. What can anyone do? I'm ashamed of the inaction and tacit acceptance by our government of the repression and corruption of the Mugabe regime. I wish someone, anyone, would go and take the bullies out and restore health and hope to that tortured land. I spent the first nine years of my life there, when it was the breadbasket of Africa, and feel sick at how it has been brought to it's knees, now literally to it's belly with greed, cruelty, ineptness and corruption. The information minister's latest crazy choleric pronouncements of Britain's 'biological warfare' is just more propaganda that Zimbabweans are fed to deflect anger from the rightful targets. But I think the people are too weak, ill and exhausted to be angry, or to act on it. What can anyone do? As Dianne suggests, support organisations such as Medicins Sans Fronteires or Save the Children who do wonderful hands-on work, or just hold the Zimbabwean people in your thoughts, and pray, if that is your practice.
Above is a kind of cartoony sketch I did a while back while listening to yet more desperate news - Mad Bob murdering the Zimbabwe bird... I hope this makes me feel better about it all, but I doubt it!