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Zimbabwe burning: Your comments
Just a note on behalf of many Zimbabweans to say thank you for showing a small glimpse of what is actually going on in Zimbabwe
Mark MacLachlan, Zimbabwean in London

John and team, thanks for your bravery and commitment to those people and your willingness to risk so much to show exactly what is going on there. I want to make a difference because of what I saw last night.
Catherine Butt, Aged 25, trainee vicar

Having watched Correspondent last night I realised how poignant this is as, in the broader sense, this is what the people of Zimbabwe are now being denied. I travelled through Zimbabwe on my trip, in June last year, and despite what was going on I felt that a degree of information on the situation was still available from various sources. However, in the run up to the election this has obviously changed, and unfortunately my experience has shown me that, with many people asking whether the election will be fair, that question has already been answered. But to everyone at the BBC and others who aim to inform. Keep doing what you¿re doing, including during less turbulent times, the wonderful people of Zimbabwe will do the rest.
Morgan Davies, UK

Thank you for the fantastic portal you created for Zimbabweans living in this country who try in vain to obtain information about our country. We are all keeping our fingers crossed for this weekend, in the hope that our families will be safe, and that we may return to the country ourselves in the future.
Belinda Shaw, UK

Just a quick note to let people like John Sweeney and Will Daws know how I'm sure the public appreciate what they are doing out in Zimbabwe. There are many of us, including myself who talk about the horrific events happening in such countries and have huge amounts of sympathy for those involved. Nevertheless hardly any of us actually try and tackle the problem. It is a testament to the courage and determination of people like John Sweeney and Will Daws that they persevere with their goals in such a dangerous environment as I witnessed on "Correspondent" last night.
James Lloyd, Zimbabwe

Would like to thank John Sweeney on his considerable efforts in making his report on Zimbabwe. It was nice to see a mention of the history behind the more recent troubles which often goes unmentioned in the press.
Dr. Stephen Hurt, UK

The program was interesting, but didn't bring out any new information. It's acknowledged that Mugabe's thugs are killing, maiming etc. but what of the future. If the MDC replace Mugabe, what sort of government will they make. Single issue opposition parties don't have a good track record of providing a stable government in any part of the world, least of all in Africa. Look to Zambia for a classic example. It would have been a good opportunity to ask Morgan Tsvangirai what checks and balances he would implement to assure the world that he would be a more stable and democratic leader than Mugabe. Mugabe must go, but let's get some assurance that his replacement won't be as bad, if not worse.
Rhys, UK

Thank you so much for that documentary last night called Zimbabwe burning. I say thank you because I believe the people of England should finally know what's going on there. I've just recently moved from South Africa and even there nobody is quite sure what is going on but now I know the true story. So does many other people in England know the truth now and I thank you for that because before people weren't too sure who to believe. Well done BBC!
Baie Dankie

Thank you for your Zimbabwe report - how very, very sad! I've worked most of my life in Zambia and Botswana - but Zimbabwe had everything - and has lost it all. Please could we have your report re-screened - it needs a wider audience and should have been compulsory viewing at CHOGM! I only hope you can produce a post Mugabe follow up soon!
Eddie Smith, England

Thank you for the best reporting. Let the world know Mugabe is brutal. I am from Matebeleland since he gained power nothing has been done he doesn't practice equality at all. There is a lot of dirty laundry hidden which the world doesn't know. Since 1980 there has been no improvement on anything: economics, education and I can go-on and -on.
K.Ndhela Matsheza, Zimbabwean/USA

I've listened to many reports on the situation in Zimbabwe but your film really opened my eyes to the terror and horrors Zimbabweans are being faced with. Thank you to you and your team for really excellent reportage.
Katy Gentle, United Kingdom

Many thanks for your report on Zimbabwe, viewed this evening particularly for using the Gukurahundi as an historical framework. This highlighted the fact that state sanctioned atrocities are not new to Zimbabwe. I lived in Zimbabwe from 1995-1997 and again from 1998-2000, while doing VSO. Firstly I was placed with the Ministry of National Affairs and second with the Ministry of Justice. During these times I realised that there was a "culture of impunity" and that hundreds of thousands of crimes are not acknowledged as such because they are authorised by government. Wry comments about finding disfavour with those in power, then finding your car wrapped around a tree abound.

My flatmate during my first two years in Zimbabwe would tell how he woke one night, in the early eighties, to find his father being taken away by "police", he has know idea what happened and the family were warned off investigating. They lived in Bulawayo. And Mugabe continues to rule unscathed with not even a conscience to disturb him. So thank you again for your report and thank you too for your courage in going back to Zimbabwe to highlight just how bad things are there right now.
Fiona Brown, UK

Thank God the truth is out about the suffering in Zimbabwe because the camera does not lie. You have risked your life for this story, so I hope your efforts will not go unrecognised and the highest office will finally react.
Sue Perkins, UK

Not so much a question as a comment regarding John's undercover filming and documentary screened on Sunday evening. I feel ashamed to say I don't really take much notice of these kinds of programmes, but I was horrified at the atrocities that are being allowed to go on day after day. The sooner that Mugabe his overthrown the better, this programme reminds me of why after 15 years of being pestered to visit friends in South Africa I still haven¿t been to this beautiful country. I'm afraid! How can human beings carry out these atrocities against their own people.
Dawn Beecroft, United Kingdom

Thank you so very much for all you risked to bring out the truth. As a Zimbabwean living aboard it was harrowing but somehow a relief to see what is really going on. I don¿t have a question just a thanks for your great programme.
Fiona Dowson, UK

Brilliant programme undertaken with such courage. The problem is that we have all known for many years what has made Mugabe tick and done very little about it. I have many close family members in the country and have lived there myself, and as white people, we stand with the MDC. What is required and is clearly demonstrated by your programme, is more active support from out with the country in the form of political and economic restrictions which will help dispose of this despot - Mugabe Let us have more programmes of this nature to expose the corrupt and brutal regime......sooner or later even his most ardent supporters will see him for what he is a dictatorial thug.
Tony Sunde, Scotland

Well done. Pity more journalists can't do the same.
Jen Stacey, UK

Thanks for bringing to light in the UK some of the problems facing those fighting for democracy in Zimbabwe.
Sunil Rodger, GB


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