A brutal regime exposed

book_cover_placeIt is almost 30 years since the war-weary people of a small, conflict-ravaged nation in southern Africa prepared to go to the polls and vote. What they desperately hoped for was peace and an end to the long and bitter hostilities.

What they prayed for was freedom freedom from suffering, but mostly, freedom from terror. What they got was Robert Mugabe.

For the peoples of Zimbabwe, the intervening decades following Mugabes so-called landslide victory in the February 1980 elections and his world-sanctioned rise to power has seen this once thriving African nation all but collapse into abject chaos under the unrelenting tyranny of a ruthless dictator. And while the rest of the world has all but washed its collective hands of the whole miserable affair and a new generation that does not even know the name Rhodesia has been born and grown to adulthood – at the hands of this merciless regime, a humanitarian crisis on a tragic scale continues to play out to this day.

To Britain especially, whose acts of political expediency were instrumental in elevating Mugabe to power, the question, thirty years on, should be asked: What terrible price have the people of Zimbabwe paid for those actions? How many lives have been so cruelly taken? How many, many more have suffered intolerably while Britain, to its lasting shame, then looked the other way? It wasnt as though the nature of the beast was unknown back then. Far from it.

During the long and bitter years of the Rhodesian Bush War, while the rest of the world politely called Mugabe and his henchmen Freedom Fighters, most Rhodesians, black and white, knew them for what they truly were: Terrorists. In his vividly compelling autobiographical novel, A Place Called Charlie Tango, author Charles Beaumont paints an unforgettable picture of life and death on a remote African outpost, deep in the arid heart of terrorist-infested bushveld and far from the hallowed halls of Westminster. Set in the late 1970s during the closing stages of the Zimbabwe-Rhodesian Bush War, Beaumonts extraordinarily brutal yet, heart-warming real-life account lays bare the unrelenting horror and constant danger that all those who lived here faced each and every day while defending what the rest of the world had abandoned.

After reading this deeply moving story, one is surely compelled to ask: Havent the people of Zimbabwe suffered enough? Published in 2009 as a timely reminder that there is very little to celebrate in the upcoming 30th anniversary of Zimbabwes Independence, Beaumont hopes to expose the deeply disturbing background of a brutal regime that continues to darken and oppress the lives of millions of innocent people to this day.

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