Saturday, April 08, 2006

The greatest gift they'll get this year is life

I always moan about, getting older, not having any money, life being crap, etc, but sometimes I should look at the bigger picture.

A UN Report out has detailed the life expectancies of peoples around the world and, no surprise, the top ten lowest life expectancies are all from countries in Africa. And the "winner" is Zimbabwe, a country which, 20 years ago, had a relatively high standard of living for Africa.

If you are a man you should not expect to live past 37, and if you are a woman, well, 35 is the best you can hope for.

The AIDS/HIV epidemic coursing through Africa has obviously had an effect, but the main reason behind Zimbabwe's downfall has been the dramatic fall in the standard of living due to an economy in crisis, and this lies at the feet on one man..... "President" Robert Mugabe.

Mugabe took charge in 1980, after fighting in the guerilla wars of the 1970s, fighting racist white minority rule for the freedom of his people, but it seems that he has done this at any cost, and now having removed the colonial oppressors, has now turned against his own people.

In 1989, Dennis Walker, a former minister, produced a paper on 'Land Reform in Zimbabwe'. In his last paragraph he stated "once the land has been redistributed, the commercial farms will be broken up, the remaining white farmers reduced by exile or imprisonment; Zimbabwe's government, already morally bankrupt, will decline towards economic collapse."

This has all come true and it seems that with Mugabe at the helm, Zimbabwe is doomed and so are its citizens.

Read more articles on Zimbabwe here.


Ginny said...

Life span only into the mid-thirties??? Shocking! I had no idea.

Stef said...

Mugabe is an evil little shit. At least as 'deserving' of regime change as Saddam but of course Mugabe doesn't have much oil and he didn't thumb his nose at George Bush snr so he's still in power.

adem said...

He has that evil moustache too. It's just screaming out BAD GUY!