Fred Noble has lived in Zimbabwe for 51 years, but is now packing his bags for the move back to Britain this weekend. He had built up a good pension fund working on the railways, but is now almost destitute.
I came to a beautiful country and I will remember it as that
Inflation in Zimbabwe, which at one point reached 231m per cent, made pensions, savings and investments worthless.
“People were looking for help, particularly as the economy was still collapsing, the health care system, food supplies were getting more difficult,” he said.
“I’ll miss this,” he said. “Wonderful years. But I am not a young man any more, and I am going home to die – that is how I look at it. I came to a beautiful country and I will remember it as that.”