Friday, July 4, 2008

July 4th

Mozi Esmé’s mommy here.

Happy Independence Day, American readers! And to fellow Canadians (yes, I have dual citizenship), happy belated day!

While it’s not a holiday here, unfortunately, the reminder of the date does have me grateful that our governments are not like Zimbabwe’s. During Zimbabwe’s sham election last Friday, our Zimbabwean empregada, Cathrine, received news that her brother* and wife and two children had been murdered on Thursday. He was known to be a supporter of the opposition party, though no one has verified that this was the reason for the murders.

So what is the solution to Zimbabwe’s problems? I am thankful that the US and UK are vocal in condemning the situation, but more action needs to be taken. People are without work and unable to find food even if they have money. Violence continues to rise. And things keep spiraling downward. We keep hearing hints of another genocide in the making.

This brings to mind Edmund Burke’s thought that “evil triumphs when good men do nothing.” So I’ve been pondering what one can do. If anyone has suggestions, let me know . . .
Esmé with Ms. Cathrine

*The term “brother” is used somewhat loosely here so could mean actual brother, cousin, or extended family member. I’m not sure which is the case in this instance.


Andrea said...

Happy 4th of July! And happy belated Canada day too. :) I'm Canadian so we had our celebration already...we spent the day at the beach! :) I hope you have a great day today too though!

KathyLikesPink said...

I really don't know how you do it. The thought of leaving the US frightens me.

It sounds so unsettled where you are. I will pray that you remain safe and happy.

Tammy and Parker said...

Wow. Reading your blog brings me to a whole new level of awareness beyond my own front door.

I watch and read the news, but you make it much more.....real.