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Publication Date: 2011
Ben Freeth has an extraordinary story to tell. Like that of many white farmers, his family's land was 'reclaimed' by Mugabe's government for redistribution. But Ben's family fought back. Appealing to international law, they instigated a suit against Mugabe's government via the SADC (The Southern African Development Community). 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 successful on all counts. But the story doesn't end there. In 2009 the family farm was burnt 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.
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Booklover105 Stars Out Of 5Now I know how to prayAugust 28, 2011Booklover10Quality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Ever heard of Zimbabwe? Heard of President Mugabe? How about the white farmers and their families in Zimbabwe? Do you know how all three of these relate? If you don't, then you need to check out this book by Ben Freeth. You will have many emotions flowing through you as you read this book.
In 2000, President Mugabe decided that he wanted to take away land that was legally owned by the citizens of Zimbabwe, so he decided to call it land reform. What it really turned out to be was a violent land seizure programe in which thousands of white farmers and their families were forced to abandon their land, their homes, and their possessions and run. As you can imagine, this lead to poverty for most people in Zimbabwe. Farmers were beaten and left unprotected by police. Their land was illegally seized and given away. Possessions were burned and livestock was given away or stolen.
Based on experience, Freeth was living in Zimbabwe and experienced this violence firsthand where he was beaten and left on the side of the road for someone else to pick up or for him to die. I think that this statement pretty much sums up how President Mugabe was. He said, "I am still the Hitler of our time..."
This book shed a light on how we could pray for Zimbabwe. It opened my eyes to a country that I wouldn't normally think about and has brought it to the forefront of my prayers. I challenge you to read this book and find out for yourself what is happening there and see the devastation of Zimbabwe for yourself by watching the movie. These are souls needing Jesus, and He is working.
I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity Group in exchange for my honest opinion.
bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: Over 65Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5current account of injustice and genocideAugust 23, 2011bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: Over 65Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5We love David and Goliath stories and this is one that is set in our lifetime in Zimbabwe.
Mike Campbell owned a farm in the Chegutu district of Zimbabwe. This was a farm he had legally bought from the Zimbabwe government. Then, in the name of supposed land reform, Mugabe demolished property rights and began confiscating land. Those benefiting were a chosen few in high office. Most Zimbabweans have been forced into poverty.
Freeth has written his book because, "It is time for Mugabe to answer for his crimes against humanity..." (12)
Ben Freeth recounts his growing up in (then) Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) during the unrest of the bush wars of the 60s and 70s. "People were just murdered and nobody counted the bodies." (26) Mugabe wanted the white people out and by 1983 the white population was a third of what it had been a decade before. Mugabe said of the whites, "We will kill those snakes among us." (29)
Ben married Mike Campbell's, Laura, in 1994. They spent some time in Zambia but returned to Zimbabwe in 1996. He worked for the Commercial Farmer's Union. They built a home on the corner of the Campbell farm.
In November of 1997 the farm was listed for acquisition by the government (along with 1,471 other farms). But it was delisted in 1998 and the family breathed a sigh of relief.
Mugabe pushed for a constitutional change that would allow farm land owned by whites to be taken without payment. The 2000 vote was "no." While only twenty percent of the land was owned by white farmers, many lived on the farmland and relied on the white owners for their livelihood.
Mugabe incited unrest and men invaded farms. The police refused to protect the farmers. Farmers were beaten and later, killed. Many packed up and left. While high courts ruled the invasion illegal, nothing was done.
The Campbell's farm had its first of many invasions in 2000. In the years following, cattle were stolen, trees cut down, irrigation systems broken, the house burned... Both Ben and Mike were beaten when they tried to help protect other farmers. The laws protecting farm ownership were changed in 2002. Army personnel began evicting white farmers.
The Campbells decided to challenge Mugabe in the courts. Even when the decision at the Tribunal was in the farmers' favor, Mugabe ignored it. Mike, his wife, and Ben were kidnapped and beaten, again, then dumped at the side of the road. Thugs continued to invade their farm, eventually burning the house and outbuildings.
Now, they live in town. The 40,000 fruit trees are dead. No irrigation is working. No crops were planted.
The Zimbabwe government has been judged in contempt of court three times by the SADC Tribunal. Yet Ben has hope for justice.
Freeth notes, "According to Genocide Watch's 2010 statistics, more than twelve million people have died in genocides and politicides in Africa since 1945. This is double the number of Jews who died during the holocaust." (126) He addresses why Africa has been known as the "Dark Continent." He says the problem lies with the spiritual forces behind the individuals in Africa. (88) He believes "that with strong, godly leadership the fortunes of the country can be turned around." (241)
I received a copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of this review.
JessicaAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5A Must ReadAugust 15, 2011JessicaAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5In Mugabe and the White African, Ben Freeth tells of the horrors endured in Zimbabwe under President Robert Mugabe throughout the years of his Land Seizure Programme. Freeth's story, also the story of his in-laws and thousands of other white farmers, is a story of racism, greed, and undeniable evil. Freeth details what life was like during that time, explains the legal action the farmers sought to take, and the blatant disregard of life and liberty by Mugabe and his supporters.
I think the most telling part about Mugabe is a quote from Mugabe himself. He said, "I am still the Hitler of our time.... Ten times Hitler, that is what we stand for." This book opened by eyes to things of which I had no knowledge. My mind has trouble wrapping around this kind of hatred and evil. More than that, the complacency and acceptance of it! While reading this book I experienced a wide range of emotions including sadness and anger. I had a knot in my stomach while reading most of it. I cried several times and had to put the book down twice because I just couldn't continue. I thank Ben Freeth for having the courage to fight for justice, to make his documentary and to write this book. May God bless him and his family, and show the people of Zimbabwe His love and His ways.
onedesertroseSt. Paul, MNAge: 55-65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5White African Land Seizures in ZimbabweAugust 9, 2011onedesertroseSt. Paul, MNAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 5Mugabe and the White African is the story of 10+ years of the struggles white farmers and the intervening actions of the Campbell and Freeth families in trying to keep their land in Zimbabwe from the hands of Mugabe. Under the hands of the white people, farms were flourishing and families everywhere were thriving. Whether because of jealousy, greed, racism, hatred, or a combination of all and more, Mugabe was determined to remove all white settlers from Zimbabwe. This is the horrific account of what the white families went through to retain their land.
The book is a well-documented, systematic recitation of the downfall of the farms, the multiple methods the families used to keep their farmland, and the brutality of the enemies to white farmers. It's not a book for those who can't handle violence, because that's what Mugabe promoted against the white farmers.
The Campbell and Freeth families' faith in God is prevalent throughout the whole revolution, teaching their children to stand strong in the Lord. Freeth quotes many Scriptures and prophecies that came to pass in the land under the dictatorship of Mugabe. Their courage came from the strength they received from the Lord through reading Scriptures, prayer, and faith gatherings.
The events are the pinnacle of ludicrosity. In the process of trying to control the whole county of Zimbabwe, Mugabe literally destroyed his own land and brought on poverty to the highest degree, as the prophecy claimed.
Mugabe's actions reminded me of the Scriptures, "Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and _ will not stand" (Matt. 12.25). And "The thief comes to kill, steal and destroy_" (John 10:10). And Freeth himself continuously reminded us that "We wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, powers, and the rules of the darkness of this age_hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places" (Eph. 6:12).
Freeth and Campbell were diligent in their endeavors and wanted to alert the world of the atrocities taking place in Zimbabwe, and that this is a spiritual battle, and not just one man's ideals. Much prayer is needed to break these strongholds. Demonic spirits control many of the people.
The book and DVD are essential in exposing the devastation going on in Zimbabwe!
This book was provided by Amy Lathrop of Litfuse Publicity Group in exchange for my honest review. No monetary compensation was exchanged.
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