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The Zimbabwean War of Independence - My experience as a civilian by Jonathan Hatendi

The Zimbabwean War of Independence - My experience as a civilian by Jonathan Hatendi

  • R 19500


The Zimbabwean war of independence got under way in the mid 1960s by which time I was six or seven years old, but it was to be years before we felt the impact in my area. It was to be fought over about fifteen years, escalating all the time until a cease-fire in 1979, and the Lancaster Talks and Agreement which led to the country's independence in 1980.
Unlike a conventional warfare, the guerrilla warfare that was waged entailed hit and run tactics with the guerrillas embedded in the communities from which they operated, and it was fought almost entirely in the rural areas.
My narrative starts with abduction from school, and this was at much later stage in the war. I then try to take the reader through the wartime as those close to me and I experienced it. How the lives we were living changed completely, and like in any war, there were the wartime atrocities which included beatings, torture, executions, civilians caught in cross-fire or getting hit by landmines - and all that under curfew.
It was a bitter ordeal that I felt, after all of four decades, I should tell. The events are still quite vivid in my mind but with passage of time even some of those life and death situations have their lighter side.

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