After playing a waiting game of hope for nearly a year, we have woken up once again to find that what lies in front of us is not a pretty picture, the hope and the ideas of development, have all but gone. Instead, there is poverty, hunger, fires, hyper hyper inflation and a very low morale.
When traveling to the different projects which we are involved with through out Zimbabwe, we can not ignore how this hunger has hit every living mammal – from man to animal. When man has to shoot his own livelihood in the form of his livestock due to the lack of food, you know that the situation can not really get much worst. Most of Zimbabwe has been burnt and therefore the wildlife around Zimbabwe stands starving in the veld or dying. The temperatures have started increasing and unfortunately there is no sign of early rains.
I have often heard people saying how cruel nature can be. Right now we are having first hand experience of that. On one hand you are privileged enough to see the beautiful colours in the Jacarandas, bougainvillea creepers, coral trees and then in contrast the straw coloured grasses. Just when your mind starts to wander and you tell yourself how lucky you are to be apart of this amazing industry called conservation, you blink and the colours turn to orange flames and charred, burnt veld, which results in stravation for the animals.
Right now there are so many issues that need to be addressed and no light at the end of the tunnel for the wildlife, livestock and people of this country. The frustration is paramount and with so many crisis’s to deal with it is hard to know which one to start with first. We at the Trust are here and here to stay, it is important for us to know that you the readers understand this. As always we thank you for your support!