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Sybilla Claus, journalist for Dutch newspaper Trouw, writes about the perilous situation of dictator Robert Mugabe's Zimbabwe. Her observations draw a country torn by economic disaster and political misery, but the resilient residents radiate kindness and warmth. The report is hot off the press from a country where the situation is deteriorating daily.
With a foreword by Jacques Wallage, mayor of Groningen. In February 2009 a group of mayors from Zimbabwe visited the Netherlands, initiated by author Sybilla Claus and organized by the VNG.
On Saturday, November 22 2008, the book was presented during the Ledendag of KIT.
''Good morning. "
"Did you sleep well?"
"I've slept well if you have slept well. "
"I slept well."
"Then I slept well."
As in many African countries the greetings in Shona, after English the second language of Zimbabwe, is warm and expanded. Waving stressed while bicyling by, as do the Dutch daily, is not appropriate here. A proper greeting has many requirements, and just about the handshake there is much to say.
Sybilla Claus has taught self defense and was a bus driver. As Africa-journalist for newspaper Trouw she visited the continent numerous times. Her series on women's marriage in Africa was nominated for the Nederlandse Dagbladprijs. She is co-author of the book Helden op Stokken, about disability in Africa.
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