ISBN 9780797441422
Pages 84
Dimensions 235 x 191 mm
Illustrations B/W Illustrations and Maps
Published 2010
Publisher Weaver Press, Zimbabwe
Format Paperback

If Something is Wrong

The invisible suffering of commercial farm workers and their families due to 'Land Reform'

edited by Weaver Press

If Something is Wrong is the first in-depth report on the violations committed against farm workers during Zimbabwe's 'land-reform' programme. The report examines the preliminary results of a study conducted by field officers of the General Agriculture and Plantation Workers, Union of Zimbabwe (GAPWUZ). This publication presents statistical evidence alongside first-person testimony to provide a chilling account of the physical and psychological violence perpetrated against Zimbabwe's farm workers. It is not widely known that this huge population of some 1.8 million people has been the greatest victim of Zimbabwe's 'land-reform' programme. It is hoped that this report, and others that will follow it, will help to give voice to this large and vulnerable constituency, and to ensure that the experiences of Zimbabwe's farm-workers will not be forgotten.

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Reviews

"If Something is Wrong presents us with powerful narratives of eviction, arson, assault, torture and abuse. But the fact that these stories have not been allowed to slip away in the silence if further evidence of the courage that farm workers must display every day in order to survive."

Abel Chikomo, Zimbabe Human Rights NGO Forum

"A harrowing indictment of the treatment farm workers have experienced over the last ten years."

Lovemore Madhuku, National Constitutional Assembly

"A significant contribution to our understanding of the devastating effects of the fast track land reform policy."

Karin Alexander, Institute for Democracy in South Africa

"This timely publication dispels the myth that land reform was undertaken in the name of the poor. When farm workers seek restitution and the perpetrators of violence are held to account, If Something is Wrong will make an invaluable contribution to the quest for justice."

Dale Dore, Shanduko Trust

"This timely publication dispels the myth that land reform was undertaken in the name of the poor. When farm workers seek restitution and the perpetrators of violence are held to account, If Something is Wrong will make an invaluable contribution to the quest for justice."

Dale Dore, Shanduko Trust

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