Author(s): Cathy Buckle
African Tears: The Zimbabwe Land Invasions, was Catherine Buckle's first book about the devastation of Zimbabwe's farming sector. In it, she describes how in 1990 she and her husband became the proud owners of Stow Farm, with the approval of the Zanu-PF government. They borrowed money at high interest rates to turn the farm into a viable financial enterprise and within seven years they had paid off the loan and were free of debt. But on 28 February 2000, a mob of men claiming to be veterans of the 1980 War for Independence arrived at their farm gate. The so-called 'war vets' claimed that the farm and everything on it was now their property, and that they had come to take back what had been stolen from their ancestors. African Tears is Cathy's horrifying account of what then transpired. It is the story of her family's experiences and describes the horror of their home, livelihood and investment being taken away from them. Sadly, the situation in Zimbabwe has continued to deteriorate and African Tears has been reprinted due to public demand. Cathy has also written a second book, Beyond Tears: Zimbabwe's Tragedy, in which she continues to tell the truth about the happenings in her beloved country. Both books are moving testaments to the horror that has been unleashed by President Robert Mugabe's exploitative land policy and the corruption which is running riot in a country that faces both starvation and financial ruin.