A Plea to South Africa and the World
The words may not be identical but the plea is always the same:
“Please South Africa, we are crying unto you and hoping that you will follow your God-given instinct and bring to an end all this chaos in Zimbawe. I am a Zimbabwean person, and I know that we are rather fearful, we are not as brave as you are. We are too scared to go to the streets. Please we need your help, intervene on our behalf and the Lord will bless you.
Thank you South Africa, please help!” posted on http://www.sabcnews.com/features/zimbabwe_elections_2008/
Yet President Thabo Mbeki’s response remains inexplicable. After meeting with Mugabe this past weekend, President Mbeki reported to the world that there was no crisis and the world should be patient for the results. And yet I hope every morning that The United Nations or other world powers will do something to help. Normally, I would probably barely notice what is happening but being right next door to Zimbabwe has made it all too real for me. Seeing this tragedy unfold in front of me is so heartbreaking as you read the desperation in the voices of the Zimbabweans. The world can wait no longer. Already retired military have terrorized the farmers and more violence is promised. How can South Africa, the United States and the rest of the world do nothing? We must answer these pleas before it is too late. Africa, please do not abandon this country which once was the bread basket of the continent. It makes one seriously question what we would do if there was oil under the ground.