BBC NEWS Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific
BBCi NEWS   SPORT   WEATHER   WORLD SERVICE   A-Z INDEX     

BBC News World Edition
 You are in: Programmes: Panorama  
News Front Page
Africa
Americas
Asia-Pacific
Europe
Middle East
South Asia
UK
Business
Entertainment
Science/Nature
Technology
Health
-------------
Talking Point
-------------
Country Profiles
In Depth
-------------
Programmes
-------------
BBC Sport
BBC Weather
SERVICES
-------------
EDITIONS
Panorama
Your comments
If you would like to comment on the Five days in May programme then click here to find an email form.

Then simply fill in the email form, complete with name, e-mail address, town and country and hit the send button.

A selection of e-mails will be published on this page after the programme on Sunday, 15 June. Due to the high number of e-mails we get we cannot guarantee to publish every single message we receive. We may also edit some e-mails for purposes of clarity and length. The views expressed on these pages are not necessarily the views of the BBC.

The e-mails published will be reflective of the messages we have been sent.


I am a young black Zimbabwean in Harare and nothing surprised me about the programme last night. Mugabe and Zanu PF epitomise evil and the lengths that they are willing to go in order to remain in power continue to shock ordinary peace loving Zimbabweans. What hurts me most about the whole Zimbabwean crisis is that there are several of our "brothers and sisters" across the African continent who are more than willing to cheer Mugabe on as he butchers us and as he unleashes his thugs on innocent defenceless civilians.It saddens me that a certain Chidozie Onavo from Nigeria can tell us that the BBC's "....spin is not fooling well meaning Africans no more".

What does he mean "well meaning Africans!!!!" Does he want a Zanu PF gang to knock at his door in Lagos first before he believes! Did he not see the pictures of torture victims!! Does he think that the BBC are manufacturing these pictures in their labs! I live in Harare and i do not need the BBC, CNN or SKY to tell me what is going on in Harare. We as Africans should take off the blinkers and learn to stand up for the truth. If Mugabe were interested in giving land to the people why did he have to wait for twenty years before doing so! And after all that chaos the land is grabbed by a handful of ministers,senior officials and party loyalists whilst the ordinary peasant farmer is resettled in the middle of nowhere where the land is totally unsuited for agriculture.

The so called "Land redistribution exercise" was nothing more than a process of transferring land from the hands of whites into those of shameless Zanu PF criminals.The land was unfaily distributed in Zimbabwe but an exercise which leaves the peasant in a worse off position while allowing Zanu PF to take over does not help anyone. Nothing has changed save for the skin colour of that minority which holds the productive land.Freedom will one day come to Zimbabwe whether Onovo likes it or not!
NYASHA MOYO, ZIMBABWE

Congratulations to Fergal Keane and Panorama for bringing Zimbabwe back into the spotlight. A country once able to feed Southern Africa is on its knees thanks to one bigot. Having many friends there I know that what was reported IS true. Those are the brave ones but there are thousands who cannot (because they are now dead) and those who dare not speak, knowing full well the retribution that will be exacted on them. Please keep up the pressure on governments, national & international, so that some good may come from it and ALL Zimbabweans can live in freedom & democracy. They deserve that at least.
W. J., UK

Mugabe is right to take back land from white farmers. What are white people doing there anywhere. The programme should have concentrated on the barbarity of the British colonial regime that took the lands in the first place rather than the way Mugabe is taking them back. I can't believe these colonialist have a sense of indignation when they are in the wrong.
David, Britain

I found the programme very informative and more than a little depressing having spent many years over there. I wanted to ask the programme makers their views on the fact that the MDC are made up mostly from Trade Union members and this is the reason other African governments are less inclined to get involved as they fear their own unions would rise up against them. Any comments on this would be of interessed as i feel this was not explored within the programme. Many thanks and keep up the good work. Al
Alasdair Whitelaw, UK

This was the finest reporting I have seen in years. Fergal Keane deserves high praise indeed for threading together the disparate events in Zimbabwe into a very unpleasant fabric. This was Panorama at its best. Now we all need to figure out what we can personally do to help from London.
Mark Kobayashi-Hillary, London, UK

I am shocked a the depths that British journalism has plummeted to. Now, hearsay and home videos and the words of those in the pay of westminster are the final word on everything. Wake up! Zimbabwe does not need intervention from anybody. The only ones who need intervention are those leaders with blood on the hands (Bush and Blair).
Freedom Moyo, UK

Brilliant programme on Zimbabwe, One feels so profoundly helpless as this latest outburst of man's inhumanity to man'. Could there not be some sort of fund established say from a UK Charity to at least provide meals for the children and to prevent the funds being hijacked by the regime? There must be a way. If anyone knows I will quite happily make a donation
Brian Ross, UK

This programme, like some others of its like, just makes me feel totally impotent. How can the people actually make our elected representatives (politicians) carry out what we want them to do? Blair aligns with Bush and in our name Saddam is removed (with countless innocents killed) yet Mugabe is allowed to continue with his outrageous, unjust and murderous dictatorship. And, really, what good can adding comments to this site do to help?
Nick Gordon, England

Read all the responses. Like everyone I cannot understand the apathy shown by our government. Can I suggest that all our responses are forwarded on to every member of Parlaiment (of every persuasion). If done, could the BBC news depts then report that this has been done and publicly report the result of this action? Anyone out there think this is a good idea; please say so on your response. Best of luck.
Andrew Bulmer, UK

Relevant documentary shedding light on tyranny in Zim, but enough has been said "for more than three years", I urge the international community especially to take stern action before we lose another beautiful piece of Africa. The Iraqis are at peace don't the Zimbabweans need the same?
Tonde madzima, uk

It is an international scandal and brings shame on the free world at large that Mugabe and his regime are left unchecked to carry on their repression and to deny his people their democratic rights. The might of the free world can be brought to bear on Iraq while the troubled people of Zimbabwe are forgotten.
Simon Searle, U.K.

I weep for my once prosperous nation, my fatherland, raped, coruupted and bankrupted by the corrupt and morally bankrupt Mugabe. When is this decimation of a once rich self sufficient country going to end. Mugabe has been killing from day one, no one complained infact the British Govts gave him aid, support and he used this to kill our brothers abd sisters, his own people. From day one Mugabe was kiiling his own people but the world at large ignored him until he turned on the whites. My question is, is there any difference between black and white blood. The man is a ruthless killer who should have been condemned from the very first day he came into ooffice not inviting him to dine with royals whilst at the same time his British army trained soldiers were killing thousands of people mainly the Ndebeles.
Lodza , U.K.

One unspoken assumption in Western media is that Africans can't productively manage farms to feed themselves. This cannot be farther from the truth. The truncation of indigenous farming knowledge and techniques by slavery and colonization has serious, far-reaching repercussions. It precipitated a scenario in which migrant whites, representing less than 10% of the population, now controls more than 85% of the arable land, not only in Zimbabwe, but also in South Africa, Malawi, Namibia and almost the entire Southern Africa region. The Economist readily agreed sometime ago that the only reason why the Zimbabwean situation is so topical is because whites are at the receiving end. Success in land distribution in Zimbabwe is likely to embolden other nations in similar circumstances to re-visit the injustices of the past, and so must be nip in the bud by the powers that be. Mugabe is not a saint, it is easy to castigate Mugabe, but it is more difficult to look beyond the obvious at! the underlying issues that really matter. The messenger may be unworthy but the message is germane.
Faleti, Ayodeji, The Netherlands

I am very stunned by the level of violence perpetrated by Zimbabweans on fellow Zimbabwe citizens

Numeri C Geresomo, Malawi
One wonders if the British Government would be more pro-active in its opposition to the Mugabe regime if Mugabe was a white man. Is it somehow a lesser crime to imprison, torture, oppress and murder people of your own race ? The British Governments approach to Zimbabwe in sharp contrast to its approach to Apartheid South Africa would strongly suggest it is.
Nicholas Edivean, UK

I am a Zimbabwean living in the UK with the whole family on exile. I come from in Matebeleland where Mugabe started all these evil ways. I found the programme interesting. My father is a 70 year old man who is one of the latest victims of Mugabe's boys, beaten to near death. Poor boy who was beaten and knocked off his three precious front teeth. Why can't anybody do something to the long suffering people of Zimbabwe? Is it because we have no oil or diamonds in our Zimbabwe? Some of us Matebele people have never stopped suffering since Independence in 1980.
Stella Ndebele, UK

This is so tough for fellow Zimbabweans. Its a shame that the Zimbabwean government stands tall and does not look at the people who are down low. We cry, we are tortured, we starve and we are not independent still we can't stand up for ourself. Our country, is no longer our country. God forbid, we will live with it till the end of time.
Tamuka, UK (Nationality Zimbabwean)

While Zimbabweans are suffering, Zanu PF officials send their children to be educated in the Britain and US. My advice is for the British and the US governments to track them down and deport them so that they can suffer like all the rest. There is an African saying that says to make an impact on a man do something that affects his wife and children. Then he will feel the effect.
John Ncube, UK

Great programme tonight. Zimbabweans have got to sort this one out for themselves. I believe they will eventually. What citizens of the UK can do is protest ourside the South African embassy to keep up the pressure on Mbeki who will evetually crack and bring an end to Mugabe's regime.
John Chambers, UK

After watching Panorama that covered violence in Zimbabwe, I am very stunned by the level of violence perpetrated by Zimbabweans on fellow Zimbabwe citizens. Despite all this, the world is watching quietly. Please let us help the people of Zimbabwe to avert genocide.
Numeri C Geresomo, Malawi

The BBC seemsto have lost all objectivity. Why didn't they question that MP Job Sikhala that he is having to queque for sugar salt bread etc because his people are calling for sanctions againt Zimbabwe. What does he expect? Most people agitating against the government because of these hardships. I hope Panorama will be fairer in their future presentations on Zimbabwe. If you fool yourself about the nature of the situation on the ground then how on earth are you going to bring positive change. Zanu PF we still have faith.
Kenneth Jonga, USA/ZIM

I admire the bravery of the people interviewed. Why don't we, the civilised world, react now? Before many more innocent people die!! This man, Mugabe, is a killer and needs to be brought to justice..
Chris B, UK

As long as fellow African countries believe he is doing nothing wrong and it is just being demonised by western countries then nothing will change, as proven by remarks earlier from a couple of Nigerians.
D Burnham, UK

Well done Panorama! The inertia of the chattering classes on what is "politically correct" takes decades to shift even when the facts are obvious. The Zimbabwe regime is clearly illiberal, rascist, anti-union, anti-progressive and massively corrupt, and just because it is an ex-liberation movement does not alter these facts. More programmes like this please!
Graham Madders, UK

Why does the western world not help us, like they helped Iraq. Our people are starving and dying

Kirsty Sims, Zimbabwe
Just as with Iraq, we in the West must bear some of the blame for what is happening now in Zimbabwe. We supported and aided Saddam when perceiving a greater evil in Iran. We supported (and in many ways continue to support) Mugabe. Support can be in many ways and by turning our backs on the people of Zimbabwe, we are allowing that despot to thrive.
Mike Taylor, United Kingdom

I am presently in the UK. I do not intend to stay here but wish to go home, whether the situation is sorted out or not. I watched with a heavy heart last night and was so infuriated with Henry's brother. Does he not see that by agreeing with the government he is only adding fuel to the already blazing fire. Zimbabwe is a country for all races, a country that once lived in harmony and still could, if only Mugabe took the hint. I ask that you keep Zimbabwe in the public eye. Too many fellow Zimbabwean's are being raped, tortured and abducted. Enough is enough, we should stand up for what we believe in, no matter what race or creed. It is easy for me to say this being in a foreign country, but I love my country and it's people. Why does the western world not help us, like they helped Iraq. Our people are starving and dying, human rights is not a term often used in our country. Do you not help because we have nothing to offer or because you couldn't be bothered. Silent diplomacy is not the answer, we need to free our people once again. Can you help us?
Kirsty Sims, Zimbabwe

Thank you for a very informative programme. Hopefully, this is the time for a big push to remove Mugabe. It's hard to understand why the British government have seemingly ignored the plight of Zimbabweans who are in their hearts a peaceful people. Zimbabwe is one of the loveliest countries I have visited, the people so warm. It is heartbreaking.
Val Hayes, UK

I am an 18 year old female. I live in a comfy house and have an excellent existence. After watching panorama I felt terrible. Something needs to transpire. I don't know what UK citizens can do, but I feel I have to have some involvement. I had no idea about the extent of the problem in Zimbabwe. I had no idea of the bloodcurdling torture that was taking place. Why do I not hear of this more often? Yet another county in crisis. I can only say that I was appalled by the whole situation.
Miss Stanley, UK

It's interesting to read that many viewers think that Tony Blair should take some direct action to stop these atrocities happening. Should this not be the role of the UN? You'd have thought they would have been far more pro-active here after they way they let the people of Rwanda down. What's the point of the UN otherwise? Does this point to
, Phil , UK

We, at the Save Zimbabwe campaign thought the programme properly conveyed the dignity and courage of Zimbabweans fighting to have the right to choose their own government in the face of tyranny. Does not the ANC remember the risks Zimbawbeans took to support their ideals during the apartheid struggle?

South Africa must use what moral, economic and political authority it has to it to support the right of Zimbabweans to choose their own government.

Mugabe's rhetoric about land reform is rubbish. There was already agreement on how to proceed on this difficult question before the constitutional debate and 2000 general elections. And little was done by the Mugabe government. But when Mugabe realised people wanted to vote him out in 2000 and put the MDC in, that's when he began to spin his racist and despotic policies, and terrorising his population. He needed a bogeyman to focus attention away from his failing economic policies and popularity so why not whip up a bit of racial hatred.

Over the past three years, every avenue available to Zimbabweans to express their democratic rights has been threatened - the parliament, the media, the courts, civil society, and the people themselves through fear and starvation, as we saw on Panorama last night. This has nothing to do with land or race or Tony Blair or Zimbabwe's colonial past. It has everything to do with a morally bankrupt despot and who will go to any lengths to keep himself in power.

The South African leadership knows that - the question is, has it forgotten how to champion the principles that brought it to power?
Helen Campbell, UK

The question still remaining unanswed is how was the black man going to get their hand on the richer farms

Martin Madzudzo, UK
I have worked with Zimbabwean people in South Africa that have left their families without food or a home, in the hope that they will be able to have a better life in South Africa. Many have risked illegal entry or paid exorbitant amounts for 'false' papers to enter South Africa. They are driven by fear and hunger.

Our government sees them as illegal 'aliens' and they are sent straight back to Zim...many of them will try again and again to get back into South Africa. It is sad, and I empathise with the people of a nation whose ruler appears to be concerned only with his own power, and not the welfare of his countrymen. They are starving, there are no jobs and there is little or no healthcare at all.

I have heard it said that the Zimbabwean people wish for him to be removed from power, even if it means that he is assasinated. They just want to be free to get on with their lives and try to rebuild their homes and feed their families. I feel that my country is doing something to aid this nation towards a democratic system of government, but also in regaining their dignity. I hope that they will succeed - sooner than later.
Karen Walker, South Africa - Currently in the UK

I would like to praise the Panorama team on an excellent film on Zimbabwe. You managed to outline the story in a clear, accurate and objective manner, showing the injustices and the horrors that are occuring in that country. However if there is one thing that I could add - I would have liked to have had one female perspective. Women are holding the nation together and traditionally their voices are never heard, it would have been prudent for Panorama to give them a voice. But thank you for a brave and honest film that hopefully will bring world attention to those suffering in Zimbabwe.
Cecile Trijssenaar, UK

Firstly I am not a Mugabe supporter. Whilst the programme was fair and exposed the suffering of the ordinary Zimbabweans the question still remaining unanswed how is the black man going to get their hand on the richer farms? It is safe to say the whole world agrees that land distribution in Zimbabwe was not fair. But at the same time nobody has come up with a better way of redistributing the land. Mugabe uses this to whip up support. Yes today's suffering is a direct result of the farm invarsions, but 10 years from now when Morgan Tsvangirai is the president and everything is settled, peace and no fuel /bread /toothpaste shortage will we then be thanking Mugabe for fighting for even redistribution
Martin Madzudzo, UK

l was very touched by your programme, l could not stop myself from crying after seeing how people are being victimised and tortured

Lynn, UK
I watched your programme with great sadness from a living room in England. Although I was born in UK, I was brought up in Zimbabwe and I miss my home more than words can say. If I wanted any sort of future I had to come over here. Seeing what those people are going through is only scratching the surface. A whole working day where you would get paid little to pay for sky-high priced essentials, is now spent sitting in petrol queues, mealie-meal queues, cooking oil queues, bread queues, the list goes on. It makes me angry to see people saying we are just whining because the white people haven't got it easy anymore.

I am a white person, I lived in a modest house and went to a government school with hundreds of other black children. We are trying to expose the violation of human rights! The people in Zim, black and white, are suffering and that is what I want stopped. If you can imagine sitting in a car for twelve hours in 30 degree heat in the hope of getting fuel on a daily basis, you might begin to realise the tragedy which is happening. Forget who must take responsibility for stopping this tyranny, it is the world's duty as humans to put an end to the torture Zimbabweans are being subjected to.
Hannah Hooton, Southampton, UK

l am a 24 year old black Zimbabwean.l was born and grew up in Zimbabwe. Up to this day l can't believe how the government has let us down. l left Zimbabwe four years ago and to tell the truth, l love my country to bits and it hurts so bad to see it crumble like it is. l was very touched by your programme, l could not stop myself from crying after seeing how people are being victimised and tortured. l wish something can be done about this.The UN should help us. Thank you very much for highlighting the brutal violence that the police is using. l am actually scared to go and visit friends and family for fear of being targeted as l am currently working here.Please could you broadcast more documentaries on Zimbabwe so that we keep well informed about what's happening at home.
Lynn, united kingdom

Its nice to see Panorama going back to its roots and showing the world how hard people fight for the same freedom we have, of which we have taken for granted. Tonights programme about Robert Mugabe, hit home how brave people can be for freedom, that man who was tortured and then died made angry and sad.
Paul Healey, United Kingdom

A revealing and deeply disturbing documentary.It left me with a feeling of sadness and anger about the situation and admiration towards those who stand up to brutality and injustice. What can we do as individuals to support these people ? Suggestions welcome.
Izzy Terry, Leeds

As an ex Zimbabwean I only wish that the world could witness more first hand reporting as shown in your program this evening.I hope and pray that one day someone will take note of the terrible suffering of all the people of Zimbabwe.Thank you for trying.
Elizabeth Fitzgerald, Ireland

Having a son living in South Africa where we visit we know things are bad in Zimbabwe. With other African countries turning a blind eye surely our government must take a lead to try and stop this repressive,savage regime. Pressure must be put on South Africa. Well done to Panorama for its coverage - hopefully the more people are made aware of the situation in Zimbabwe and are prepared to speak out about it the more likely the government will have to take notice.
belinda yarrow, UK

It hurts to see Zim crumbling and becoming one of the African countries which need help from other countries

Nina, UK
It may seem silly, but I do not feel comfortable including my full name as my family are still living on a farm in Zimbabwe. (I am not as brave as the people on your programme). I hope that you will still read this email. Fantastic programme, by making more and more people aware of the horrors of life in Zimbabwe through your programmes will hopefully help our struggle. Five days, and look at how much you saw... and that is sadly not the half of it.

I sat and watched the programme with tears rolling down my face, I miss Zimbabwe, I miss my family, the life that once was so wonderful. I particularly liked the fact that your programme looked at how both the whites and blacks are suffering. when the farmers were shot at the start of this chaos everyone seemed to be paying attention, and then it was quiet. I think it is of paramount importance that we all acknowledge that the problem in Zimbabwe is not a racial - black/white issue, far from it.

I think finally that point is getting across. I am white and have lived on a farm my whole life, my parents are still on a part of the farm. they are struggling terribly, mostly from sadness. I wish that people could see how amazing Zimbabwe was, and still could be, one day. It hurts to see Zim crumbling and becoming one of the African countries which need help from other countries - we were the best! we were so self sufficient, we had so much, the little heaven of Africa. and now it is being run by the devil.

Your programme showed people with such bravery and courage, I admire them, but I also think that it shoud be noted that there are tens of thousands of people who are so so scared. There is an infinite amount of words that can be used to describe the situtaion in Zim, obviously it would be pointless typing them, so i will just say thank you for broadcasting, thank you for showing the world what is going on, I sincerely hope that this is something that can continue.

From a young white Zimbabwean, who does not have rights to live in UK as she holds a Zim passport, who believes that she is Zimbawean, an African but according to Mugabe is not.
Nina, UK (from Zim but here studying)

Thank you for the programme on Zimbabwe - agree with many comments -genocide of holocaust proportions - should we stand back and watch humanity die? Could the programme be repeated please
Amita, UK

The situation in Zimbabwe is appalling, but no worse than it was in Iraq - and that story isn't over yet. There is simply no mileage in intervening in Zimbabwe, and that matters. If the UK interferes we will still be carrying the can for that country and its future for another thirty years. Not everything is 'our' responsibility: we've got to learn to keep our hands off.
Bill Jefferson, UK

Good programme but we were opportuned to hear only one side of the story. The question I keep asking is 'what happened to the romance of the western countries with Zimbabwe?' Kindly investigate and tell us the whole truth. Thank you.
Nelson Ochekpe, Nigeria

White people are smarting because land they stole during the evil days of colonialism, has been taken from them

Chidozie Onovo, Nigeria
Firstly thank you for another superb in depth, programme tonight. The programme to me raised the age old question,- how do 'normal' people get rid of mad, evil and powerful dictators,- like Robert Mugabe?. keep up the good work.
Mr Andrew Parry, England

UK government interest in Zimbabwe is not altruistic. BBC as its agent of information manipulation and spin is not fooling well meaning Africans no more. White people are smarting because land they stole during the evil days of colonialism, has been taken from them and they want to use stooges like MDC self styled activists to destablise Zimbabwe. Enough of these biased and twisted journalism!
Chidozie Onovo, Nigeria

A shocking, brave programme. We, who oppose Mugabe, sit comfortably here while his people suffer largely in silence. What can we do? Mbeki must be the key - he must demand regime change, and supervise transition. How do we pressurise him to do this?
Chris Hammond, UK

I watched your programme this evening with interest. My husband and I lived in Zimbabwe for three years and feel it is Gods own country. I would like to know why the UK and US can bring down the likes of Saddam in Iraq and nothing in this world can stop those poor people dying of starvation because of this regime. People are being beaten and their lives are at risk and nobody does anything about it. Please can you explain why?
Linda Weertman, United Kingdom

Zimbabwe is a Commonwealth country under guidance from Queen and parliament, unlike Iraq. We have the moral duty to discipline our family member even more. Likewise we should send troops to depose Mgabe and save our Commonwealth brothers. Mugabe is no better than Saddam Hussein and we have more right to go in to save our own brothers otherwise the Commonwealth is no better an effective body in dealing with tyrants any more than the United Nations. TB must show some real courage now!
G Bull, UK

Invading Mugabe's regime will do the world a great favour,and ofcourse there would be justification in doing so.
Tony Omigie, UK

More pressure should be brought upon South Africa to resolve this crisis in Zimbabwe. I cannot believe that the whole world backed South Africa over apartheid and now they stand and watch, and do nothing.
David Sadler, UK

If famine isn't a weapon of mass destruction, what is it?
Richard Grimmer, UK

I am not sure if I am more appalled by the tyranny of Mugabe's regime, or the International Community's apathy towards it

Adam, UK
This programme only served to highlight the lack of action being taken by the world leaders to bring about democracy in a part of the world that has nothing they want. Whilst I agree that the overthrow of Hussein was good, where is the difference here, a dictator throwing around his weight, I suggest we all lobby for this cause.
Miss D. Hamilton-Patterson, England

Excellent reporting - I hope Mr Blair has been sent a copy of this! How can we all help to get the Goverment to move into this horrific situation? I remember a beautiful country that I lived in in the 70's. The workers were well taken care of, their children had good food, medical attention and schooling. Action is need NOW!
Croucher, UK

I am not sure if I am more appalled by the tyranny of Mugabe's regime, or the International Community's apathy towards it. Another fantastic Panorama.
Adam, UK

The goings on in Zimbabwe are reminiscent of Germany before the start of the second world war, when the world ignored the civil chaos and oppression of people developing to the point of the total eradication of thousands of people, What will it take for the world to sit up and take notice, invasion of another country?
Richard, England

I was born in Zimbabwe and lived my whole life there until last year. Zimbabwe is my home, and I was basically forced out of it. Living in Zimbabwe became so difficult, there was and still is no petrol, cooking oil, and other everyday necessities. You always had to make sure that you were never heard talking about the opposition of Mugabe in case someone heard, because then you could be putting your life at risk.

Whatever happened to 'freedom of speech'? there is no such thing in Zimbabwe. Why should we, the true Zimbabweans have to leave our home and country because the government doen't know how to run its country properly?

I am only 16 years old but leaving Zimbabwe last year was the hardest thing I have ever had to do. I have so many memories there, my entire life was built there, and now all I have left are photos.

The prices of food and eveyday things became so high the average person could not live a decent life. I honestly don't know how people are surviving in Zimbabwe now??

I pray everyday that someday someone will help to get Zimbabwe back up to standard so that i can go home.
Tara van Staden, United Kingdom

I think it is terrible what is occuring in Zimbabwe. I have a friend who is from this country and she had told me about the terrible situation out in that wonderful country, however I just didn't really believe it until seeing those pictures on Panorama tonight. The UK, other countries and especially African countries must lobby Mr.Mugabe - torturing people and raping wives is not right and although we as a western country have done many wrongs - "two wrongs don't make a right!" I would also like to state that I don't think it would be the correct way to sort this dilema through military conflict - however it depends on mr Mugabe!
Tim James, England

The European Union should be ashamed of itself for allowing brutal regimes and dictatorships like that of Robert Mugabe

Simon Bowles, UK
Your programme was disappointing, like most who keep up with current affairs I am well aware of the tyranny of Mugabe. Pick up the papers and this will become very clear. But what most papers refuse to do or merely skip over is why? Why did this man hailed as the messiah of the south become the main part of the problem and not the solution? why? when and why did the Zimbabwe economy go pear shaped? the key issue of land reform, what happened and why has it taken so long to address? it was important that these issues were honestly and openly addressed. Your program deliberately steered clear of them that was not helpful for those who want to identify the next country in the world going down the Zimbabwe route
Wale Kiladejo, United Kingdom

As somebody who lived in Zimbabwe for a few years straight after independence and to look at what Mugabe has done to the country over the last 20 or so years is saddens and angers me in equal amounts, to see what was the jewel of Southern Africa turned into a poor blot on the landscape run my a magalomaniac intent on destroying it totally. RIP Zimbabwe.
Richard Batchelor, Wales

The world should be made more aware of the atrocities of the Mugabe Regime. It is about time the rest of Europe, Especially Mr Chirac, made a stand against such powers around world instead of just Britain. The European Union should be ashamed of itself for allowing brutal regimes and dictatorships like that of Robert Mugabe. I am Proud to be British and I am Proud of Tony Blair as my Prime Minister, as he is one of very few leaders who has the bottle to speak out for what is right.
Simon Bowles, UK

The tragedy is that Mugabe in the name of misplaced ideology is ruining his own people. Zimbabwe has the potential to be a great country and only one person is holding it back.
Tim Bowen, UK

This was a really moving Panorama. I'm 16 and I find it hard to believe that people are being treated in such a bad way in 2003. It makes me realise how lucky I am and how much freedom I really have.
Naomi, north London

Superb presentation. I wish the programme could be seen throughout Africa. Would African governments allow it to be shown?
David Pinney, UK

As a Zimbabwean living in the UK I say thank you to the BBC and Panorama for bringing Zimbabwe into the public eye. It is heartbreaking to watch what is happening to my country. I am one of the lucky ones. I am now safe but there are thousands who are not. Thousands who will die if nothing is done. Please will someone help our beloved country.
Kate Oliver, England

Having spent the first 19 years of my life in Kenya and having developed a strong love for the countries and people of Africa it breaks my heart to see what I have just watched on Panorama. The sooner Robert Mugabe goes the way of the colonial powers he so despises, yet mimics, the better.
Julian Kenny, UK

It is shameful that the UK and other Western Governments know what is happening to ordinary people in Zimbabwe who are opposing the Government of Robert Mugabe and yet do nothing. The incidents shown in the programme cannot be ignored - it would have been much more worthy to oppose Mugabe than to invade Iraq.
Linda Ross, UK

As a third generation Zimbabwean I was ashamed to watch this programme - things are so much worse for the average African than they ever were under apartheid

Dr Kevin Evans, UK- ex- Zim
I knew awful things were happening in Zimbabwe, but the programme was heartbreaking. It makes me ashamed to watch on TV when I feel I should be standing up and doing something. I'd like to know what I can do.
Monica Kendall, England

Congratulations on this programme. However it leaves me with a sense of impotence. Will our government work to effect change? Or will it turn a blind eye to a country which has no oil or strategic importance? Are we without conscience?
David Illingworth, UK

As a third generation Zimbabwean I was ashamed to watch this programme - things are so much worse for the average African than they ever were under apartheid. Mugabe is the African Hitler....derranged...
Dr Kevin Evans, UK- ex- Zim

Why is there so little worldwide reaction to what's going on in Zimbabwe? I appreciate the British Government's problem as being seen as the former colonial power seking to interfere but there has to be a point at which any country, regardless of past involvement, has a moral duty to comment/act.

I find the inactivity of South Africa particularly sad. The step from being acknowledged as the legitimate post-apartheid regime to taking on the responsibilities of regional leadership is a big one but one I thought the ANC government was capable of taking. Clearly I was mistaken.
Simon Coe, U.K.

It's pretty clear the government's stand on Zimbabwe, if it isn`t profitable leave it alone. Africa deemed profit at one stage, but now it's oil rich countries of the middle east
Philip King, uk

It was very interesting to see the two brothers, each as eloquent as the other, showing such contrasting opinions as regards the Zimbabwean government. Certainly this programme was a thoroughly necessary investigation into the sheer tyranny and brutal oppression of a regime which hides behind a mask of African liberation and condemnation of former colonial injustice.
Stefano, UK

I was in Zimbabwe while the final push was going on. I was out between exams to see my dying grandfather. On my first day in the hospital I watched as armed soliders pursued the protestors they had shot and beaten in the emergency room. The country has no petrol and the rule of law does not exist. It is hard for many to comprehend the situation there but they must be made to. The opposition has wide support but has no chance against the security apparatus of Mugabe. There appears to be few options left. The opposition may succeed especially with the ecconomy causing greater descent.The only answer is military action by the UN
Robert Oxley, Uk

Please keep Zimbabwe in the headlines for me and all those who have died trying to persue freedom

Charles Brakspear, UK
Mugabe and his Zanu-PF are killing and torturing innocent people. Many more are being systematically starved and deprived of healthcare because of their political beliefs. Some are fleeing to this country to claim asylum and find us playing cricket against their national team. He has turned a once prosperous and peaceful country into one of starvation and hatred.We do have a responsibility here and should act in a peaceful way to ensure democracy in Zimbabwe.
Graham Lister, UK

Well done! that was excellent! very informative. i'm glad that the people of the UK are finally being shown something that actually matters. keep it up!
Eileen Hoey, UK

Thanks to Fergal Keane for informing us on real events in Zim that don't make 'the news'.
S Stock, UK

I am a 14 year old white Zimbabwe expat. I would like to thank you for risking your lives to make this story, thank you for help try and tell the world what is happaning in my beloved Zimbabwe. Thank you for telling the story of all those black brothers of mine who have spoken out. I am Zimbabwean by birth but I have been kicked out. I miss my country so much. Please keep Zimbabwe in the headlines for me and all those who have died trying to persue freedom.
Charles Brakspear, UK

Knowing Zimbabwe well and then seeing this programme tonight makes my bood boil. Milosevic is in jail and facing a tribunal for less than Mugabe has done. Where is the justice in this world?
Jacqui McGuicken, England

The programme made me feel sick, I just can't believe that us as a western power are sitting back and letting this murderer oppress/murder/torture/starve his ownpeople. And yet, South Africa with all it's power and regional super power status, just sits there powerless, or unwilling to do anything, they should be ashamed. This programme just proves that this oppressive regime has nothing to do with colonialism and more to do with Mugabe and his murdering cronies, send in the British troops to sort this murderer out!
Simon Carter, United Kingdom

The images I saw this evening will live in my mind forever. The Mugabe regime has had three years of uninterrupted rape and pillaging, now is the time for heavy handed diplomacy - surely the UN is failing in every aspect of its percieved conception as a protector and enforcer of international law?
Lee Dennehy, UK

The silence of the international community on the situation in my country baffles me

Shingai Muchemwa, UK
I am a South African, living in the UK and have just watched the programme on Zimbabwe. I would like to thank you for bringing this, again, to the forefront of news. I hope that through your programme more support can be gathered for the fight against what is happening in Zimbabwe.

I would like to also thank you for bring African news to the forefront to world news. So many atrocities continues to occur in South Africa, Zimbabwe and other African countries that I feel the 'western' world turns a blind eye to. The people within the countries can only do so much and with the help of programmes like I have just watched more people will be aware of what is going on.

I hope that through time Africa will again be a safe and democratic place to live.
Trish Duckles, England

Fine documentary by Keane. I was interested by the interview with Pallo Jordan. He was imprisoned by the ANC because of his opposition to torture in the ANC's MK camps during the struggle against apartheid. Has he forgotten his previous idealism or is he genuine in his efforts to bring about change in Zimbabwe?
Aidan McQuade, Ireland

The silence of the international community on the situation in my country baffles me. Tony Blair himself said we need to prevent another Rwanda in Zimbabwe. Will action take place when bodies are littered all over the streets? Zimbabwe has nothing to offer the west but that is no excuse to let more people die.
Shingai Muchemwa, UK

There is no difference of regime in Iraq under President Saddam Hussain and in Zimbabwe with Robert Mugabe. Sad to say but unless we choose to remove the regime, militarily or otherwise, it is best to leave things to come to their natural conclusion. Be in no doubt if that happens, hundreds of thousands of people will die of starvation.

Blair and Bush are quite prepared to let this happen - far better to let in a few asylum seekers (more genuine than most of the riff raff we see) than spend a huge amount on a military campaign.
Dave Harper, UK

We all spend far to much time debating about things which are so trivial compared to Zimbabwe, my hat comes off and my heart goes out to the people of Zimbabwe

Simon Glencross, UK
This is what I don't understand. People were against the war in Iraq, but democracy won through and off we go "liberating" those who do not need us. Tonight, Panorama showed us a country in desperate need of foreign intervention, and I suspect many of the so-called supporters of Mugabe's regime are only supporting due to fear. As said on the board already, I am not saying war is right, but I know for sure that I would rather send British troops to Zimbabwe to remove Mugabe than what we did in Iraq. I'm also sure I'm not alone in this view.
Craig Barber, UK

Well what can I say. Disgraceful. How the governments of the world can choose to ignore this dictatorship. Well I suppose there is nothing to gain from it unlike Iraq (from their point of view not mine).I'm ashamed to be an Englishman in a country whose government can choose to ignore this
Gary Young, England

I very rarely comment on current events in the world but have watched the Panorama documentary this evening I felt I had no alternative. I find it very disturbing how we as in the public and the government can sit and watch the atrocities which are taking place, people starving being slaughtered for there beliefs. I think it is about time we as a country stood up to these evil people and try helping people who deserve the chance to help themselves. We all spend far to much time debating about things which are so trivial compared to Zimbabwe, my hat comes off and my heart goes out to the People of Zimbabwe.
Simon Glencross, UK

We need a global movement that unites all people everywhere to support each other against oppressive regimes. A long legacy of colonialism and racism unfortunately distorts the way in which oppression is reported in the media and dealt with politically, enabling dictators to exploit history for their evil ends.
Megan Redmond, UK

Having just watched tonight's programme on Robert Mugabe and the existence of his barbaric regime, I am absolutely appalled. In the 21st century, to allow these actions to continue is a disgrace by the international community. Hitler was stopped, Saddam Hussein was stopped yet democratic red tape and a loss of the central focus is permitting these atrocities to continue. Why is no-one doing something? If we can forcibly take over Iraq why can we not do the same here? We should be ashamed of ourselves!
Katherine Jennings, England

I think it's about time something was done about the whole issue. Their cricket team has just played a competitive match in our town and I for one welcome them with open arms. Why has no-one done something about this? Is Mugabe not in the same league has Saddam? In my opinion nothing is being done because there is nothing to be gained. The US involved themselves in Ireland because of investment they could make and then Iraq for the return on the oil. Unless there is some reward nothing will be done. Fair play to Andy flower and Olonga.
Kris Taylor, Northern Ireland

What possible hope have we to convince the world that we were justified in invading Iraq when atrocities like this are going on

Ian Robertson, England

Fergal has done such a necessary job. No longer can any authority act in denial of what is happening. Such a shame that we need men like Fergal to hammer home truths.
John Sullivan, UK

The unflinching bravery and unfailing dignity of the opposition supporters shown in this programme told its own story.
Rebecca Barr, U.K.

An excellent program Fergal Keane is one of the best reporters in Britain today, I believe Britain should act know, and with force to get Mugabe out of power.
Leo Silver, England

What possible hope have we to convince the world that we were justified in invading Iraq when atrocities like this are going on, un-aided, in Zimbabwe. Thank you Panorama for bring it to our attention
Ian Robertson, England

Brilliant Panorama programme. Show that Thabo Mbeki and his government are now apologists for the worst kind of fascist tyranny and evil despotic rule. After years of struggle against apartheid, the should be deeply ashamed of themselves.
Mark , UK

The programme tonight was a brilliant and brave piece of journalism . Well done.
Tim Cooper, UK

I was greatly disturbed by the events depicted in this evening's Panorama and was wondering what I can do to voice my outrage at the lack of any action on the British government's part.
Aaron Mcclatchey, Scotland

There is no doubt that Robert Mugabe and his regime have taken advantage of the war with Iraq to commit torture and oppression within Zimbabwe. The stories told to Fergal Keane in tonight's programme are horrific and one wonders why our government is not making stronger protests to Robert Mugabe about his activities in Zimbabwe. I am not advocating going to war with Zimbabwe, but I do think that we should be making far stronger diplomatic protests than we are for the sake of the people in Zimbabwe. The United Nations should also be heard with a loud voice on the situation in Zimbabwe.
Steve Fuller, England

Mugabe is perpetrating self-genocide of Zimbabwe, its people and the millions of people, men, women and children in neighbouring countries that one time depended on Zimbabwe for food. Sod the cricketers. What is the UN , the European Community and perhaps even the British Commonwealth doing to curb the insanities of this vile despot Mugabe? The UN agencies plead tirelessly for aid for the starving masses of southern Africa while Mugabe struts disdainful of the suffering of millions of Africans. Surely this is a time for action before millions more starving African children swamp our TV screens?
Peter Curtis, UK

Panorama: Five days in May

Feature

Profiles

Latest news

Background

Reviews

Feedback
Links to more Panorama stories are at the foot of the page.


 E-mail this story to a friend

© BBC ^^ Back to top

News Front Page | Africa | Americas | Asia-Pacific | Europe | Middle East |
South Asia | UK | Business | Entertainment | Science/Nature |
Technology | Health | Talking Point | Country Profiles | In Depth |
Programmes