Youth recovers from political violence

EIGHTEEN-YEAR-OLD Timothy is engaged in normal teenage routines and pastimes, hopeful about the future. But this was not always the case.

Source: Youth recovers from political violence – NewsDay Zimbabwe May 7, 2016


There was a time when Timothy did not believe he would live another day amid intense fear, hopelessness and displacement when he was still an eight-year-old boy.

This was in the run-up to the June 2008 presidential election run-off where President Robert Mugabe was the sole candidate after MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai withdrew from the race due to State-sponsored violence.
Timothy recalls one day when a truckload of political activists descended on their homestead in Mazungunye village in Bikita, Masvingo.

Upon hearing the sound of the approaching vehicle at a time when tension and danger already lurked in the highly politicised area, Timothy’s grandmother sneaked into the house and instructed him to lock the door from outside and get in through the window to give the impression that no one was at home.