African Tears

The Zimbabwe Land Invasions

Catherine Buckle



African Tears is the story of a white farmer in Zimbabwe, living side by side with "war veterans" for 7 months. The veterans claimed the small 1,000-acre farm belonged to their ancestors. For 7 months the squatters watched and intimidated, claiming the farm field by field, "liberating" the small stock dams and then the timber plantation. The farm was claimed as a war veterans headquarters and every weekend political meetings were held in the field below the house--with hundreds in attendance.


The human effects of Mugabe's madness told as never before. Frightening: it could be repeated in South Africa. - James Mitchell


Catherine Buckle has a background in social work and librarianship. She has has also written four children's books and published many articles on wildlife and conservation.