Saturday, August 20, 2011

Mugabe and the White African Blog Tour

MUGABE AND THE WHITE AFRICAN by Ben Freeth Ben Freeth and his father-in-law, Mike Campbell lived and farmed in Zimbabe for years, until Mugabe began his land seizure program. Mugabe wanted all whites out of his country and used whatever he could to achieve his desires.

He is an evil, evil man and this is Ben's story of how he and his family took a stand against Mugabe. The despair the family went through, the court trials, the  beatings they took from Mugabe's goons and more are discussed. One gets a closer look at President Mugabe, his
people, the land and the Tribulation.

There are pictures included that really bring this memoir home. There is also a map and the letter that Ben wrote Mugabe A well-written memoir that is compelling, emotional, engaging and distressing. This is a great companion to the award winning documentary, MUGABE AND THE WHITE AFRICAN.

Ben Freeth has an extraordinary story to tell. Like that of many white farmers, his family's land was "reclaimed" for redistribution by Mugabe's government.

But Ben's family fought back. Appealing to international law, they instigated a suit against Mugabe's government in the SADC, the Southern African equivalent of NATO. The case was deferred time and again while Mugabe's men pulled strings. But after Freeth and his parents-in-law were abducted and beaten within inches of death in 2008, the SADC deemed any further delay to be an obstruction of justice. The case was heard, and was successful on all counts.

But the story doesn't end there. In 2009 the family farm was burned to the ground. The fight for justice in Zimbabwe is far from over--this book is for anyone who wants to see into the heart of one of today's hardest places and how human dignity flourishes even in the most adverse circumstances.

Ben Freeth, MBE, is a British-born Zimbabwean farmer. He has lived in Zimbabwe most of his life and is raising his three young children there, together with his wife Laura. Ben's story has already been the subject of an award-winning documentary which won Best Documentary 2009 (British Independent Film Awards), was nominated for the BAFTA Outstanding Debut Film 2010, and shortlisted for an Oscar in 2010.

Read the press release for more:

The PBS debut of Mugabe and the White African, the award-winning documentary of the same name, was on July 26. Watch now at PBS: .

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