The Humanitarian Disaster in Zimbabwe

Sent: 01 December 2019 12:37
Subject: The Humanitarian disaster in Zimbabwe
Importance: High


Your recent statement on conditions in Zimbabwe, made heart breaking reading…………many reasons were given, but the elephant in the room, which the report failed to mention – was the Mugabe inspired illegal invasion of thousands of highly productive, commercial farms, 90% of them lost their farms.

These farms were bringing in more than half the country’s foreign exchange, and was the source directly or otherwise, of most the Government’s tax revenues.

At the time, I was Chief Inspector for the Zimbabwe National Society  for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ZNSPCA), and for four long years, myself and my small team returned to invaded farms (after the farmers were refused permission to collect their animals and equipment), to rescue animals that ranged from children’s pets, to livestock and wildlife.

We witnessed first hand the destruction of farm equipment, irrigation systems, fencing stolen for making snares, livestock axed, thousands of battery hens left to die, horses denied grazing, dipping of cattle stopped, over 500 farm security dogs left in their kennels, or tied to trees left to die.

Large herds of both dairy and beef cows had to go for direct slaughter if the farm was in a Red Zone area, and with no one to care for them, this included prize bulls, cows in calf, that were trucked to local abattoirs, many of these booked up for over 6 months.

We witnessed hundreds of pigs left to die when the “war vets” would not let the farm workers feed them, and only allowed us to remove two truck loads……….the stronger pigs ended up eating the weaker pigs.

The national dairy and beef herds are down by over 60% – the gene pool painstakingly built up over generations – lost.

Farms were not given to the poor and landless, but to Mugabe’s friends, senior officials in the Police, Army, Air Force, High Court judges and Bishops.

Thousands of farm workers who were forced to leave the farms, now have no work, nowhere to live and no access to the schools and clinics which once thrived on the commercial farms.

Surely the role of the United Nations should now be to get farmers, whatever their colour or creed, back onto the derelict farms, perhaps growing drought resistant crops, introducing breeds of cattle that can survive in times of drought, so that Zimbabwe can once again be known as the Bread Basket of Africa?.


Meryl Harrison
Retired Chief Inspector of ZNSPCA

From: Kerry Kay
Sent: Tuesday, December 03, 2019 6:02 AM
To: undisclosed-recipients:
Subject: Fwd: FW: The Humanitarian disaster in Zimbabwe
I am fwd this to you as it is so much tragic info in a short letter.  Meryl and her few dedicated gentlemen also rescued our pets and I can tell you that they put their lives at risk every time they went to an “occupied” farm – the five hundred dogs she refers to were from a farming area security company.  Vets who volunteered went to the area and euthanised all 500 or more.  The one young vet that we knew left for UK.  He was so traumatised.
When Meryl left to go to England she left in my care her photograph albums of the animals abused etc.  I cannot even open them.
My heart still breaks and although I have documented and photographed so much since 2000 I never fail to be deeply affected by the huge man made tragedy, that continues to this day.

Extract from CFU CALLING
6th December 2019

Following the adverse United Nations report on the food situation of food and food handouts in Zimbabwe we had correspondence from an old friend of our farmers, who was very active, particularly during the height of the farm invasions. Meryl Harrison felt that it was time again to remind the author of the document, and others of exactly what happened during that period. In a letter she spoke of the shocking truth of the brutality meted against “innocent victims” as referred to in Cathy Buckle’s book about her brave efforts during that time.

Mike Clark

82/2nd Ave,
Exhibition Park

Fortunately there will always be a small contingent of animal lovers who will try their hardest ( as you did ) and I guess that is all we can do, try to help one animal at a time, more if we can……only the people can help themselves, but the voiceless will always be “INNOCENT VICTIMS”…….a bloody monument should be erected to you and all the animals who lost their lives at the hands of the regime – we should NEVER forget – I wonder if you would use the word “genocide ” for animals?
80 years old and you’re still mouthing off – keep it up girl