What makes this disaster more tragic and outrageous is that it's largely Mugabe-made. The economic and food crises are largely his fault thanks to his attacks on large industrial farmers, food producers who were also significant employers. The AIDS pandemic isn't necessarily his fault but his oppression and the economic crisis have forced large numbers of qualified medical professionals to flee the country....
3500 black Zimbabweans are dying every single week because of Mugabe's policies. But Mugabe went after WHITE farmers in his land 'redistribution' program (ie: redistributed to his cronies). And Mugabe's 'liberation' movement (from the 1970s) went after white imperial rule.
As a result, Africa's so-called intelligentsia has largely given him a free pass. I can honestly say that few things enrage me more than when educated and normally reasonable Africans provide nothing more than shameless apologia for this guy.
Never mind that white farmers merely had to flee the country. The worst victims of Mugabeism, the dead and starving, are black....
But with tragic symbolism, at least one profession is booming: undertakers.
A real nail in the country's coffin.
20 November 2006
Black Star Journal on Mugabe's Zimbabwe
Africa-blogger Black Star Journal notes that the floor just keeps dropping below Mugabe's Zimbabwe. The death rate in Zimbabwe—at 3,500 every week—now surpasses the death rate in Darfur, Iraq, or Lebanon; and average female life expectancy—at 34 years—is now the world's lowest.
Posted by Joel at 11/20/2006 09:57:00 PM