Where We Have Hope is the gripping memoir of a young American journalist. In 1980, Andrew Meldrum arrived in a Zimbabwe flush with new independence, and he fell in love with the country and its optimism. But over the twenty years he lived there, Meldrum watched as President Robert Mugabe consolidated power and the government evolved into despotism. In May 2003, Meldrum, the last foreign journalist still working in the dangerous and chaotic nation, was illegally forced to leave his adopted home. His unflinching work describes the terror and intimidation Mugabe’s government exercised on both the press and citizens, and the resiliency of Zimbabweans determined to overturn Mugabe and demand the free society they were promised.
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This is an interesting and important read on a topic that most in the west choose to ignore. The destruction of a country with such great promise due to the corruption of a President for Life who thinks his continued rule is more important than the welfare of his nation. Mr. Meldrum was a reporter who lived in Zimbabwe for over 20 years, and took great personal risks to telling the story of how Zimbabwe under Robert Mugabe began its decent into a hell of his making. Mr. Meldrum comes across as a very naive tree hugger type when he first arrives in Zimbabwe. His contacts were mainly with the elites in the capital city who were full of hope and comradery when Zimbabwe was created from the old Rhodesia in 1980. While he rejects the notion that what Mugabe did was inevitable and he should be the subject of I told you So lectures, he clearly lays out the long slide of his growing disillusionment with Mugabe and his ultimate expulsion from the country for daring to print the truth. Well worth the time, but not on the same level as Peter Godin's When A Crocodile Eats the Sun.
Having grown up just north of Zimbabwe during the British colonial and Ian Smith years I was particularly interested to read an eyewitness account of Zimbabwe's history since then. Meldrum does a great job of combining the history of Zimbabwe with his own personal journey. He includes the stories of individuals who never give up hope for better times. The book also illustrates the desperate need for good leadership in Africa. For anyone interested in Africa's recent history this is a 'must' read.