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There are some things that the majority black Zimbabweans had never seen before but the worsening of the country’s economic crisis has forced them to get accustomed to seeing members of the white community in particular and other minorities, begging on the streets of Harare or doing menial hospitals and even seeking treatment in public hospitals.

It’s not surprising these days to see white or coloured beggars on the streets of Harare and other cities across the country.

An informal survey by Studio 7 revealed that some of these new beggars used to stay in the city’s affluent suburbs and have been forced to move to high density residential areas, usually reserved for the urban poor working class. They also now use public hospitals to seek medical attention.

They frequent run-down pubs in the sprawling high density areas, places you would have never dreamt to meet a white Zimbabwean, say 10 years ago before the Zanu PF government confiscated commercial farms and parceled land out to blacks.

Non black communities, a number of those interviewed told Studio 7, said had for a long time been shielded by their classes and spared the economic hardships faced by the majority of the people in Zimbabwe.

One such person is Kenny Roan, who used to work as a grader operator for the Masvingo City Council.

Roan, who is a colored and stays in Mucheke high density suburb, said it is wrong to believe that only blacks are affected by the prevailing harsh economic conditions.

He adds that though most of his kith and kin stay in more affluent suburbs, they are also suffering just like him and the majority poor Zimbabweans.

Roan said the situation is so bad that even some assistance from well-wishers is not enough to sustain him and his family.

He appealed to donors and well-wishers not to exclude non-blacks whenever they give out food handouts and clothes, saying non-white communities are equally affected by the economic crisis in the country.

The government and non-governmental organizations, he said, normally do not provide social assistance programs for non-black communities because they are generally considered to be well off people who can sustain themselves.

Roan said this is a wrong assumption as they are also facing serious problems due to the current socio-economic and political situation in the country.

A white man, who moves around selling samosas and pies in Masvingo, wonders why people are surprised to see him on the streets selling his wares

He said his plight is not different from any other ordinary black Zimbabweans.

The man, who refused to be named, said he lost his job some years back and selling different wares on the streets was the only option he had to keep his family fed.

He said his little business was doing well, adding that he had used some of his profits to a buy a small car, which he sometimes uses as a pirate taxi when he is not on the streets selling pies and samosas.

There are some people who want to assist these destitute Zimbabwean citizens.

John Kirsten from Runde said he’s willing to help those in the non-black communities who are struggling so they can pick-up their lives and return to their former good old days.

He adds that he will not only assist his own kith and kin but every Zimbabwean who’s in need if he can. Kirsten added that he believes the government’s economic blueprint, ZimAsset, can help the economy recover if implemented well.

Some former white commercial farmers, who lost their farms during the fast track land reform program that started in 2000, have moved into towns and cities where many are evidently struggling to make ends meet.

But do not be fooled to think Zimbabwe no longer has an affluent white community. A visit to some affluent urban areas like Borrowdale, Sam Levy’s Village and others do prove otherwise.

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  • Si M

    I was not amongst the poorest whites, but most of my white friends, growing up in Harare, lived in the suburbs in some of the most beautiful homes I’ve ever seen. I clean houses for rich people in London now, & I have not seen many houses in UK as nice as the many dozens or hundreds I’ve been in as a kid in Zimbabwe. Frankly, the level of luxury that some of my friends grew up in was unbelievably opulent compared to some of the wealthiest homes I’ve been in in the UK. I however grew up with a single mum in the 70’s, living in what could only be described as white slums. We had drugs users, alcoholics, prostitution & petty criminals around us. We had suicides by gunshot in the middle of the night! The less salubrious areas of the Avenues & other areas immediate to Harare were my playground as a child. There were plenty of white kids worse off than me & my mum, but compared to the whites in the suburbs, we were living in a slum. My mum single handedly clawed us step-by-step into nicer & nicer blocks but we never bought a home & had to leave when my mum became concerned about her pension & brought me back to the UK in 1987. I am not surprised to hear that some whites have now become worse off in line with the retraction of the economy there. Unlike most white Zimbabweans, I was in favour of land distribution (if not the methods) & I am against sanctions on ZImbabwe. I adhere to the views expressed by Robert M Kavanagh in Zimbabwe Challenging Stereotypes & agree with Robert that although Mr Mugabe can hardly be said to have helped, the majority of the harm caused to Zimbabwe since independence can also be shared amongst these rich, instransigent whites & Britain & the west for it’s responses to the land grabs by destroying the country through sanctions that fail to hit their targets anyway. Thank-you.

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