Thursday, April 24, 2008
Interview with an exrodie,
Interviewee: Helen Hart
This is an indepth interview with someone who once lived in Rhodesia (Zimbabwe) and is now living in South Africa.
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Hi Helen, tell me a little of what you remember about your best days in Salisbury, now Harare?
Wow, where do I start.
I remember 1st street in Salisbury and the little shops that sold the most devine spring rolls. I also remember the peugeos that were used at taxis, I loved an area called Avondate.
How long did you live there or where you born there.
I was born in Harare and grew up with aunts and uncles, then my teenage life was spent in an orphanage.
Oh!, which orphanage was that?
It was first of all the John Smale home in Bulawayo and then into the Harare Childrens Home in Harare.
I am sorry to hear that you were living in a home, tell us about that experience and why you were there.
Ok, well, this may take a while. I am not completely sure why I was sent to the home, by an aunt, I know that our family was very poor, but could not understand it because my aunt had everything her heart desired and adopted my brother but let me go, what rejection, anyway, I have learned from there to make the best of a bad situation.
My experience was not all that bad, in fact I dont want pity for this experience, I actually am thankful, though still somewhat angry, because I was protected from drugs, etc that would normally hit young girls. Once I had left at the tender age of 17, I worked for a year then travelled for a year with my then current boyfriend. So, I have done what many young people either cant do, are too scared to do or just dont have the means. I have a saying, where there is a will there is a way.
What are your fondest memories of being a teenager in Rhodesia, now Zimbaber.
What can I say, Kariba Dam!!
Wow, did we have good days there, I used to be sneaked out of the home by a couple and then my boyfriend and I, together with all of our mates, would make the teadious journey of three hours on a bike to get to Kariba. We would camp out, but hardly ever sleep and party on Carabia Bay.
I remember once, I had tried all different types of alcohol and wow did I get sick. I remember ozo and cream soda, brandy and coke, voda lime and lemonade. We have had our turns of the good and bad, but most was good.
Some of my best memories were made while partying in the clubs in Harare, Archipelago and Rosalins.
What are some of the things you miss most about Zimbabwe and why?
For me to explain how I miss Zimbabwe, it would be easier for you to understand if you think about South Africa, for example, if you ever travelled overseas and missed being back in South Africa with all the sunny weather, you will know what I mean. To the South Afrikans, its the braais and rugby, in Zimbabwe it was the lakes and clubs. I miss Zimbabwe as it used to be, but clearly not now.
What do you think of the current situation of the country as it stands?
The country has gone to the dogs and Mugabe is sick, he needs to go and let someone else come in and fix his mess, is this not the same thing that happened to all the other African countries once they got their independance, first they want the dam land then they know jack shit about how to run it.
There is a good example for dectators, and the like.... they go into government by reference of a friend and take in their knives and forks with them. They get as much as they can out of something they think they deserve, and dont worry about their own kind or other races when poverty sets in or when there is no water and electricity. These dectatorships pay you to vote and pay you to bow down to them.
Unless you do you are not welcome. The funny thing is, they brainwash their own kind, these people not adequately educated, would respect and listen to anyone else of their own colour because they think that because they look good they are good. Well look who is suffering now, their own people. Yes the white people are suffering, but their own race is suffering more so from diseases and poverty.
Being uneducated is one of the tools these dectatorships use, they get people to believe their bullshit and then when someone hits their head and discovers this is all a load of cowshit, they oppose what is happening, but the people in charge dont like it and believe that only they fought the struggle to get independance.
Well, when the masses actually see what the hell is happening, they will boot Mugabe out on his ass so quickly, he wont even have enough strength to wave, like some sort of king or something.
Well, Helen, thank you for your time and we hope that there are people out there who are rallying together to save people and help them to see the light
So do I!