Itís a sad fact that many people and nations once experienced a level of prosperity which is now a distant memory (or almost forgotten) because currently Ė theyíve fallen into a state of adversity and great misfortune. Evidence abounds everywhere, that prosperity can become adversity within the twinkle of timeís eyes. In 1980, Zimbabwe gained independence after a period of rule which was governed by Great Britain, and Robert Mugabe, who until that moment was a political prisoner, took over the helm of affairs of the nation as the first prime minister.
Itís quite true that during his first ten years of leadership, prosperity was one of the qualities of Zimbabwe, and it showed in the way Zimbabwe grew to become one of the leading nations in Africa. Adversity was far away during a ten year period (between 1980 and 1990) when infant mortality rate fell from 86% to 49%, and life expectancy rose from 56% to 64%: also, adult literacy was on a 67% high and competing with the "developed nations" at the time. Everything was moving in the right direction until the economy started declining after the 1990 elections.
Scenes that express the level of adversity in Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe used to be considered as the food basket of Africa, but Mugabe has driven it into economic chaos as expressed by 95% unemployment and 231 million percent inflation Ė according to experts (in 2008). Due to the level of adversity over the years, millions of Zimbabweans have been fleeing to neighboring countries in order to escape the economic woes of their once prosperous homeland. If Zimbabwe which was once living in prosperity, is now a beggarly nation, let those nations and people that think they stand tall, take heed Ė lest they fall! May their glorious stories not become groaning stories. May their book of laughter not become a book of lamentation. People and nations should set a daily watch over their empires, whether these empires consist of an individual or a nation.
The level of adversity in Zimbabwe (in terms of statistics)
Itís a good sign when lowly nations try to move up to the level of prosperity inherent in prosperous nations, but Zimbabwe does so while witnessing how routine financial transactions are carried out within its territories Ė in an astonishing amount of quadrillions. The adversity is so widespread that itís common to see people carry wheelbarrows full of money to shops. In an attempt to express the level of adversity, an indigenous businessman once said that the whole market scene had gone completely crazy, and that their computers and calculators canít deal with all the zeroes, even on the cheapest products.
Stock brokers, worldwide, once said that the Zimbabwean dollar made an "exchange rate" record of 10 billion to a single U.S. dollar in direct bank buying; while in electronic transfers Ė it exceeded 20 billion Zimbabwean dollars to 1 U.S. dollar. A loaf of bread in a supermarket once cost 7 billion Zimbabwean dollars, while a crate of eggs (30 in number) was once 45 billion dollars ($4.50 U.S. dollars). Oh, when will such adversity turn back into prosperity? I am not a politician, but when a nationís leader leads a nation into deterioration and decay, I use his or her life as my school!