Friday, August 1, 2008

From Botswana to Zimbabwe.

Hey yall, It has been a crazy past few days but I have got a second so I would like to quickly fill yall in on what has been happening.

We got to Botswana and last weekend spent four days working with a feeding project that is just outside Gaborone, Botswana. Its purpose is to give underprivileged kids in the Village of Gamadubu(sp) a place to hang out and get a meal on Saturdays. That was cool, I will be there tomorrow, the kids are adorable as well.

On Sunday night we left on a train and headed to Zimbabwe. We went to Victoria Falls but also got to see the country and how it has been effected by the current political struggle. It is nuts, I will write more about it later, but for now wrap your mind around this; the exchange rate is 100 billion Zim dollars to ever 1 American dollar. The government has stopped all food production so the grocery sores sit empty and people are forced to buy produce from black markets at about 1000 times the price that it should normally be.

The week has been exciting and interesting. Robert Mugabe is not a very popular man and I have to agree with his opposition now that I have seen what he has done to his people first hand.

I will post as often as I can in the coming weeks.

1 comment:

rachel rianne said...

zimbabwe is a crazy crazy place these days. mugabe is crazy too. in my little office in downtown portland, i frequent bbc radio for my favorite programs and i hear a lot about the plight of the zimbabwean people, but especially the refugees who are being persecuted and prejudiced in places like south africa. they're all so intent on not going back until mugabe is gone. ...i can't believe you're there. but stay safe, and learn as much as you can about those people and their struggle to help us understand.

thanks, sam.