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Love in the Driest Season

A Family Memoir

by Neely Tucker

Love in the Driest Season
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    Feb 2004, 256 pages
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    Apr 2005, 288 pages

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Zimbabwe (formerly known as Rhodesia) is a landlocked nation in the southern part of Africa surrounded by the countries of Zambia, Botswana, Mozambique and South Africa.

According to the CIA Factbook, its population is approximately 12 million.  Per capita income is $1,900 and the % of those with AIDS/HIV is 34%. The official language is English with an adult literacy rate of 90%.

In 1965 the country declared its independence with the first free elections held in 1979.  Robert Mugabe (a committed Marxist) has been the nations first and only ruler since then, surviving through a canny combination of dirty politics and intimidation including a bit of ethnic cleansing here and there. 

Zimbabwe's citizens have become increasingly impatient with the 81 year old Mugabe and in 1998 this led to open hostility, riots and widespread seizures of ...

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