Gukurahundi in Zimbabwe

A Report on the Disturbances in Matebeleland and the Midlands, 1980-88

Elinor Sisulu


Book is available online in different versions.


It is ten years since the original publication of Breaking the Silence: A Report on the Disturbances in Matebeleland and the Midlands. In conjunction with the Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace and the Legal Resources Foundation in Harare, the Report is offered again at a time when the events it describes -the Gukurahundi -have acquired a fresh relevance. This edition has an introduction by Elinor Sisulu, who reflects on her own and others' silence at the time of the killings, as they celebrated a newly independent Zimbabwe.


This is a powerful book of testimony and truth about the first great tragedy of Zimbabwe's independence -though not the last. It is a moving work and one that will always speak to the legacy of Robert Mugabe. - Stephen Chan


Elinor Sisulu is a writer, human rights activist and political analyst.