About the Book

Hope Deferred

Hope Deferred

Narratives of Zimbabwean Lives
December 2010
Hardcover · 304 Pages
$24.00 U.S. · £15.99 U.K. · €16.99 E.U.
ISBN 9781934781944


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The fifth volume in the Voice of Witness series presents the narratives of Zimbabweans whose lives have been affected by the country’s political, economic, and human rights crises. This book asks the question: How did a country with so much promise—a stellar education system, a growing middle class of professionals, a sophisticated economic infrastructure, a liberal constitution, and an independent judiciary—go so wrong?

In their own words, they recount their experiences of losing their homes, land, livelihoods, and families as a direct result of political violence. They describe being tortured in detention, firebombed at home, or beaten up or raped to "punish" votes for the opposition. Those living abroad in exile or forced to flee to neighboring countries recount their escapes, of cutting through fences, swimming across crocodile-infested rivers, and entrusting themselves to human smugglers. This book includes Zimbabweans of every age, class and political conviction, from farm laborers to academics, from artists and opposition leaders to ordinary Zimbabweans: men and women simply trying to survive as a once thriving nation heads for collapse.

About the Authors

Peter Orner and Annie Holmes are the editors of Underground America: Narratives of Undocumented Lives, the third volume in the Voice of Witness series.

A former public defender, Peter Orner is the author of The Second Coming of Mavala Shikongo and Esther Stories. He is an assistant professor in Creative Writing at San Francisco State University.

Annie Holmes is a Zimbabwean documentary filmmaker and author of Good Red. She works for JASS, an international women's rights organization based in Washington, D.C.