I recently received a complimentary copy of Mugabe and the White African to review for this blog. When I read what the book was about, I automatically assumed it was something that had taken place decades ago. I was beyond shocked to learn that the atrocities discussed in this book have taken place in the last 11 years or so! Mugabe’s reign in Zimbabwe has been one filled with injustice and terror for white farmers whose families have worked their land for decades. In this book, Ben Freeth tells a story of standing tall in the face of opposition and fighting for what is right. When most people would have fled, Ben and his family chose to fight the corrupt government head on. Reading this book opened my eyes to an example of some of the evil that exists in the world today, but it also gave me hope for those who choose to face this problem head on rather than backing down and giving in to evil. I haven’t had the chance yet to watch the documentary this book accompanies, but I am looking forward to it.
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About the Book:
Ben Freeth has an extraordinary story to tell. Like that of many white farmers, his family’s land was “reclaimed” for redistribution by Mugabe’s government.
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 pulled strings. 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 was 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.
Read the press release for more: http://archive.constantcontact.com/fs019/1101807863309/archive/1106690411054.html
The PBS debut of Mugabe and the White African, the award-winning documentary of the same name, was on July 26. Watch now at PBS: http://www.pbs.org/pov/mugabe/.
About Ben Freeth:
Ben Freeth, MBE, is a British-born Zimbabwean farmer. He has lived in Zimbabwe most of his life and is raising his three young children there, together with his wife Laura. Ben’s story has already been the subject of an award-winning documentary which won Best Documentary 2009 (British Independent Film Awards), was nominated for the BAFTA Outstanding Debut Film 2010, and shortlisted for an Oscar in 2010.
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