Vigil Diary – 4th February 2006

LONDON - More than 60 attended this week's Vigil. Patson brought his family from Leicester and the Vigil Baby Tinotenda Vigil Muzuwa, who is not such a baby any more, was walking around and even started to dance to the energetic music and drumming. Sue and Francesca, our British supporters from

Tunbridge Wells, have become regulars. They told us all about the Zimbabwean service they are having at their church in Tunbridge Wells next Sunday. They met someone at the Vigil who lives in the next-door village of Southborough, which just shows that there are Zimbabweans almost everywhere in the UK now.

A new supporter called Chipo was eager to buy a copy of The Zimbabwean as she had a letter printed in the paper – another pro-active Zimbabwean showing how we can each make a difference in our own way.

Another old friend who came by was Dave, a British man who lost an eye in a shooting incident and is now a regular campaigner against black-on-black gun crime in the UK. When he first came past the Vigil he seemed quite hostile since he thought Mugabe was an African hero, until a few gentle words got him thinking. He says he now goes around telling people about what’s really happening in Zimbabwe – so we should not be discouraged by the negative reactions we sometimes get from those who see what Mugabe seems to stand for, rather than what he actually is.

Two new friends this week were Rosemary and Jude from Bristol, who are going to do a Vigil in Bristol on Sat 25 March, at Gloucester Road. They are hoping to make it a regular monthly event. For more details please email [email protected] or [email protected] .

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