White Zimbabwe farmers flee before eviction deadline
A thuggish leader of a nation is determined to hold onto to power no who or what gets destroyed
About 600 white farmers and their families in Zimbabwe’s grain belt fled their farms Sunday, hours before a deadline from the security forces to abandon their homes. The majority of the country’s most productive farmers appear to have finally accepted that they have lost the battle to keep their homes and businesses.
The exodus of white commercial farmers who have traditionally produced more than 40 percent of Zimbabwe’s export earnings, marked the final phase of a 31 month battle.
It began after President Robert Mugabe lost a referendum in February 2000 for a new constitution. Weeks later, apparently to strengthen his failing political power, he ordered his supporters to invade white-owned farms.