Hope and Gratitude in the Midst of Misery and Suffering in Zimbabwe

January 30, 2009

After three decades of relentless oppression by megalomaniac president Robert Mugabe, Zimbabweans are entering the worst of their seven straight years of hunger and suffering. With a cholera epidemic threatening the lives of nearly half the malnourished population, 2009 looks grim for the collapsing country. The following report is from a Christian Aid-assisted Zimbabwean ministry in the thick of the misery.


Everything in Zimbabwe has changed, we must now use US dollars to buy everything. If it were not for the help of Christian Aid, even more (including us) would be starving to death.

"Mugabe banned international aid from coming to Zimbabwe from June to August 2008, following a terrible harvest, which put millions on the verge of starvation. He has used food and land as weapons to hang on to power. The United States and UN are feeding nearly half of Zimbabwe's 12 million people.

The two main hospitals have now closed down because doctors and nurses stopped coming to work because they weren´t getting paid; teachers are refusing to go back to school as their salaries have become worthless.

What is worse, our water and sewer system are in shambles. The water has frequently gone dry in Harare, and several sewer lines have burst. Garbage is piling up, and a cholera epidemic has now overtaken us. Tens of thousands have been infected, with more than 1,000 deaths throughout the country. Mugabe denies this epidemic, telling the world that it has ended. Yet it is now spreading to nearby countries.

Names withheld for security