Turmoil Can't Douse Zimbabwe's Hope

Author cheered by 'thriving currency' of home
By Sarah Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 29, 2008 3:05 PM CDT
Supporters of Zimbabwe's main opposition leader, Morgan Tsvangirai, sing and dance at the signing of the power-sharing deal in Harare, Zimbabwe, Sept, 15, 2008.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Since June's election, Zimbabwe's economy has been in crisis. Store shelves are empty and inflation is out of control. Robert Mugabe remains in power. So why would anyone want to stay? The answer isn't easy, but it's simple, Kate Chambers writes in the Christian Science Monitor. "I like living in a place where hope is a thriving currency."

The kindness and creativity of friends is another reason Chambers returned to Zimbabwe after a South African vacation. "I love the fact you can still walk along the side of the road here and call out a greeting to everyone you see," she writes. And finally, "I was returning because this is where we've sunk our roots and made a home."