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Zimbabwe

I received this email from Cooksister. So I do my bit, and offer this to the blogosphere:

A letter from Zimbabwe sent in by John Winter [as far as I can find out, an architect living in Zimbabwe]:

The darkest hour is always before dawn.We are all terrified of what they are going to destroy next... Imeanthey are actually plowing down brick and mortar houses and one whitefamilywith twin boys of 10 had no chance of salvaging anything when 100 riotpolice came in with AK's and bulldozers and demolished their beautifulhouse - 5 bedrooms and pine ceilings - because it was "too close to theairport"..so we are feeling extremely insecure right now. You know - Iamaware that this does not help you sleep at night, but if you do notknow -how can you help?

I feel so cut off from you all knowing I cannot tell you what's going onhere simply because you will feel comfortable. There is no ways we canleaveso that is not an option. I just ask that you all pray for us in the waythat you know how, and let me know that you are thinking of us andsending out positive vibes... that's all.

You can't just be in denial and pretend its not going on. To be frankwithyou, its genocide in the making and if you do not believe me, read theGenocide Report by Amnesty International which says we are IN levelseven(level 8 is after its happened and everyone is in denial). If you don'twantme to tell you these things then it means you have not dealt with yourownfear, but it does not help me to think you are turning your back on oursituation.

We need you to get the news OUT that we are all in a fearfully dangeroussituation here. Too many people turn their backs and say - oh well,that'swhat happens in Africa. This government has GONE MAD and you need topublicize our plight or how can we be rescued? You can't just say "ohyouattract your own reality". The petrol queues are a reality, the pall ofsmoke all around our city is a reality, the thousands of homeless peoplesleeping outside in 0 degrees Celsius with no food water, shelter andbedding are a reality. Today a family approached me, brother of thegardener's wife with two small children.> Their home was trashed andthey will have to sleep outside. We already support 8 people and a childonthis property and electricity is going up next month by 250% as iswater.How can I take another family of 4 - and yet how can I turn them away tosleep out in the open?

I am not asking you for money, or a ticket out of here - I am asking youtoFACE the fact that we are in deep and terrible danger and I want you topasson our news and pictures and don't just press the delete button. Help intheway that you know how. Face the reality of what is going on here andSENDOUT THE WORD. The more people that know about it, the more chance wehaveofUnited Nations coming to our aid.

Please stop ignoring and denying what's happening. Would you like to beprotected from the truth and then if we are eliminated how would youfeel?Surely you would say "if only we knew how bad it really was we couldhavehelped in some way". I know we chose to stay here and so we "deserve"what'scoming to us. For now we ourselves, have food, shelter, a little fuelandabit of money for the next meal - but what is going to happen next?

Will they start on our houses? All property is going to belong to theStatenow. We no longer have SW radio which told us everything that was happening because the government jammed it out of existence - we don't have anyreporters, and no one is allowed to photograph. If we had reporters herethey would have an absolute field day. Even the pro government Herald has written that people are shocked, stunned, bewildered and blown mindlessbythe wanton destruction of everyone's homes which are supposed to be"illegal", but which a huge percentage of them actually do havelicenses for.

Please - have some compassion and HELP by sending out this report sothat something can be DONE. Please pray for us.

Check out this blog . Here is the link to Amnesty International.

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