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Saturday, April 11, 2009

The Zimbabwe you have never seen - Harare

Hi Readers!

I came across this video on Facebook. A friend of a friend made it and I want you to see it. As someone who has just returned from Zimbabwe I can attest to the fact that the winds of change are blowing. There is a new optimism in the air by all people from all political parties. We need international assistance to rebuild what has collapsed over the past 10 years, and as you can see from the video, we're still far ahead of many poor countries from an infrastructural perspective. This would all be lost if we didn't get the support of the international community at this crucial time. Below is what he wrote as an introduction, and I have attached the video at the end of the page. I'd love to hear your thoughts:

"This is the Zimbabwe you have never seen on BBC or ABC. The Zimbabwe that has been tainted (maybe rightfully so) for the last 10 years. But with a new Government the country emerges. It struts with a new swagger on the world stage. Adorned in it's full glory it rises from the ashes to retake it's rightful place as a democracy. With a new unity govt Zimbabwe already has: -3% inflation (down from 231million % just a month ago) projected 2% growth in the economy after 10 years of decline Food is fully stocked in shops. Fuel at less than 90cents per litre. Investment is now flowing once more. All this has been achieved in just 2 months of the unity govt. I'm sure BBC or ABC never told you this. Well here I have assembled the largest collection of high quality photo's of Harare (our capital) that I've seen on-line. Enjoy. and remember...ignorance is not bliss. By Nigel Mabandla "



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10 comments:

  1. Thanks for posting this. I am encouraged!!

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  2. Hey what a great video. High quality photos of Zim for real. Im well impressed, I will do what i can to showcase your blogsite to my extensive network..be it social or business links!!!
    that put a smile on my face

    Tawanda M

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  3. Hey what a great video. High quality photos of Zim for real. Im well impressed, I will do what i can to showcase your blogsite to my extensive network..be it social or business links!!!
    that put a smile on my face

    Tawanda M

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  4. Nice PR photos signifying WHAT? That some are rich! What is the source of these riches? On who's back were these modern WESTERN buildings build? At what price to freedom? Question endlessly! Pretty pictures are all to often used to lull us into complacency. Question! Search deeper!

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  5. it's easy to take and post pretty pics. where are pics of the potholes, uncollected garbage, streetkids, burst water pipes, burning trash? where's the reality? negative inflation, positive growth...those are debatable. what about unemployment? poverty? hunger? the REAL issues? what was it you said in your post "ignorance is not bliss"? practice what you preach, my friend...

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  6. thank you for posting this!
    anonymous':
    i think the point of this that the 'potholes, uncollected garbage, streetkids, burst water pipes, burning trash' is the Africa we see all the time. The point is that is the Africa everyone associates with and the Africa that everyone that everyone is afraid of. Most people assume every square inch of Africa is war torn and poverty ridden, but this is an example of the other Africa.

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  7. Thank you for all this! I am impressed... well done!

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  8. "unemployment? poverty? hunger?"
    That's for the international media. Someone has to balance the scales. Sure there is poverty, but what about the inner cities of America, child molestations, murders, kinappings etc...? Why isn't that stuff headline news?
    I'm tired of Africa being shown in a negative light, even Zimbabwe!

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  10. I live in Arkansas, USA. I always see photos of children dying of hunger. Thanks for posting these photos and I know that there is more work to be done.

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