Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Mugabe and the White African

Mugabe and the White African, Ben Freeth, Lion Press, Nonfiction, July 26, 2011, 256 pages.

Synopsis: An intimate account of one family's astonishing bravery in the face of brutality, as well as perhaps the outside world's only real glimpse of what it is like to live inside the terror of Mugabe's Zimbabwe

Ben Freeth has an extraordinary story to tell. Like that of many white farmers, his family's land was "reclaimed" by Mugabe's government for redistribution—but Ben's family fought back. Appealing to international law, they instigated a suit against Mugabe's government in the SADC, the Southern African equivalent of NATO. The case was deferred time and again while Mugabe's men applied political pressure to have the case thrown out. But after Freeth and his parents-in-law were abducted and beaten within inches of death in 2008, the SADC deemed any further delay to be an obstruction of justice. The case was heard, and successful on all counts. But the story doesn't end there—in 2009, the family farm was burned to the ground. The fight for justice in Zimbabwe is far from over; this book is for anyone who wants to see into the heart of one of today's hardest places, and how human dignity flourishes even in the most adverse circumstances.

My thoughts: This book caught me by surprise. Even though I've read about China and it's problems with law, the law (or lack thereof) in Africa left me dumbfounded. This book is a must-read to understand Africa's recent history and how to battle such anarchy.

My rating: 4 stars

This book was provided free by the LitFuse Publicity Group. I was not required to write a positive review, and the opinions expressed are my own.

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