N: 0in 0in 0pt”>Dear Family and Friends,
Something amazing happened in
The earthquake was felt as far as 1000 kilometres away from the epicentre. In north-east
It was a confusing and frightening experience, exacerbated by our ignorance as earthquakes are virtually unknown in
I listened in confusion and disbelief as the headline morning news wasn’t about an earthquake, tremors or shaking but about the “unbundling” of Air
‘Unbundling’ is the ‘Zim-glish’ word that had sprung up to describe this strange activity which I suppose is undertaken to share the debts and make the losses look smaller than they actually are. The second story on the first news bulletin of the day was about some scandal with a stripper on Valentines Day and still not about an earthquake and so I gave up and went looking for news elsewhere.
For one day, we had something else to talk about in
Everyone, everywhere was talking about the earthquake but by lunch time it was still not making headline news on state owned television which was now talking about bumper harvests and the President’s 82nd birthday party. On Thursday evening, 18 hours after the
earthquake, I was forced to give up trying to find out about the tremors as the electricity had gone off – again.
A lot of people were worried about aftershocks but we were mostly in the dark – literally and figuratively. For six hours the next night, sitting in the dark with only the sound of hordes of screeching mosquitoes it was hard not to think scary and superstitious thoughts as we waited for more shaking. When the power did finally come back on the television
was again talking about the nationwide birthday celebrations planned to commemorate
It seems that even the earth moving does match the importance of birthdays. Until next week, ndini shamwari yenyu.Post published in: News