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Where we have hope : a memoir of Zimbabwe

Author: Andrew Meldrum
Publisher: London : John Murray, 2004.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Andrew Meldrum arrived in Zimbabwe as a young journalist in 1980. He had been lured by the excitement of the first days of Independence. He planned to stay for three years, cutting his reporter teeth in a country that was a beacon for Africa and the world beyond." "But Meldrum's experience of Zimbabwe defied all his expectations. First he fell in love with the spirit of the country and its people. Zimbabwe would  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Named Person: Andrew Meldrum; Robert Gabriel Mugabe; Andrew Meldrum; Robert Gabriel Mugabe
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Andrew Meldrum
ISBN: 0719566436 9780719566431 0719566509 9780719566509
OCLC Number: 972514723
Description: 336 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: "Andrew Meldrum arrived in Zimbabwe as a young journalist in 1980. He had been lured by the excitement of the first days of Independence. He planned to stay for three years, cutting his reporter teeth in a country that was a beacon for Africa and the world beyond." "But Meldrum's experience of Zimbabwe defied all his expectations. First he fell in love with the spirit of the country and its people. Zimbabwe would become his home for more than twenty years. At the same time, he witnessed its transformation from a country infused with optimism into a violent despotism. For him this journey ended in the most shocking way. In May 2003 he was seized and deported, forced to leave for writing 'bad things' about Mugabe's regime. Now he is regarded as an Enemy of the State." "In this book, Meldrum describes what it meant to live through this period of hope and tragedy: how hundreds of people lined up in a basement church to tell him of the horrific Matabeleland massacres; how he once hid in a cupboard from Mugabe's thugs; how Mugabe later grabbed him as he challenged him about human rights; how he was harassed, arrested, imprisoned and tried." "But ultimately this is a story of the triumph of hope. Throughout Zimbabwe doctors, teachers, journalists and lawyers have refused to accept the abuses of Mugabe's rule. Meldrum depicts their courage and heroism in moments of intense drama and tension. Where We Have Hope is a memoir of a life lived in a world of extremes --
of ugly tyranny and of the extraordinary friendships and passionate beliefs that inspire defiance." --
BOOK JACKET.

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'A moving account of a life lived in a world of extremes - of ugly tyranny and of the extraordinary friendships and passionate beliefs that it inspires' -- Western Mail 20040626 'Andrew Meldrum has Read more...

 
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