8/23/2011

Mugabe and the White African

CBR Review:

Mugabe and the White African was a really hard book to read.  The terror and the brutality that the white farmers of Zimbabwe is astonishing and hard to read about.  It will make you question why we haven't heard very much about this struggle.  Sure there have been some reports, but until the release of this book, I would say the average American has been uninformed about this matter.  Ben Freeth does an excellent job to bring out this story in a way that you can no longer turn away and say that is not happening anymore.  You have to recognize the horrors that these white African's have faced.  A story that will tear at your heartstrings and cause you to weep, yet still a story we all need to hear.  Pray for Zimbabwe should be our theme!! See the press release link below for more 1information and also take time to go to PBS and view the documentary.  A life changing story that must be heard.  This is not a story for the faint of heart, be forewarned this is a story of violence, but it must be told and we must hear this story. Published by Lion Hudson  252 pages US $14.95  4stars!



About Mugabe and the White African:
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.
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 the 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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