‘You just go through hell’: white Zim farmers’ wait for payouts ...

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‘You just go through hell’: white Zim farmers’ wait for payouts drags on

The president has promised compensation over land grabs, but for some it is already too late

Roland Oliphant and Peta Thornycroft

One night last month, a colony of giant cane rats decimated the vegetable patch behind Joan Harrison’s modest Harare flat.

It was a far cry from the terrifying night 15 years ago when she and her late husband packed up what they could carry and fled their farm in southern Zimbabwe amid violent land grabs. But with her family on the breadline, the rat invasion was crushing in its own way.

“Sometimes it is not worth carrying on, is it?” she reflected as she weighed up what she would feed her son and grandson one afternoon last month. “You just go through hell all the time.”..

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