Once upon a White Man: A Memoir of War and Peace in Africa

Once upon a White Man: A Memoir of War and Peace in Africa

by Graham Atkins


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781440476761
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 01/09/2009
Pages: 258
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.54(d)
Age Range: 1 - 17 Years

About the Author

Graham Atkins was just 9 years old when the British colony of Southern Rhodesia declared independence from Britain in 1965. Graham attended Churchill High School in Salisbury (now Harare). In 1979, just as the 15 year long bush war reached its zenith, he found himself conscripted into the Rhodesian army as a 2nd Lieutenant in 1RR battalion. Scrambling to avoid enemy bullets and grenades, he saw first-hand the tragedy of a nation at war with itself and the horrors it wrought on combatants and civilians alike. After the war, Graham worked in Zimbabwe first as a government town planner, then as a safari camp manager, and finally as a senior business manager in commerce. Like many, he was proud of his young nation's can-do attitude and the country's beauty and potential. However, hopes for lasting peace and progress in Zimbabwe were shattered when Robert Mugabe launched a pogrom against white farmers and the emerging black opposition. With the consequent collapse of the economy and law and order, some 4 million Zimbabweans fled the country, Graham and his family amongst them. He now lives in Perth, Australia.

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