Hope in a climate of fear

2008-06-04 00:00

Valerie Tagwira tells a gripping story about two close-knit friends, their families and the daily struggle to make ends meet, while at the same time highlighting the multiple levels of oppression, misogyny and hardship faced by many women in modern-day Zimbabwe.

Against the backdrop of Onai’s personal pain is a larger story of national deprivation and hardship. Mbare is one of the townships targeted by the government’s May 2005 “Operation Murambatsvina” (Operation Clean-up) in terms of which houses are demolished and informal trading areas razed by bulldozers.

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