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Zimbabwe needs New Heroes

ImageZimbabwe is celebrating Heroes day, and reflecting upon the lives of those who lost theirs so that we could have freedom. If it were not for the courageous, brave and galant sons and daughters of Zimbabwe who put their lives on the line for the greater good of the people, we would not be where we are today as Zimbabweans. The world lacks brave and courageous people who will unselfishly think about others before themselves. If these men and women had thought about their lives, noone would have gone out to fight for our rights. Today we are free and we have our destiny in our hands.

“Courage is the ability and willingness to confront fearpaindangeruncertainty, or intimidationPhysical courage is courage in the face of physical pain, hardship, death, or threat of death, while moral courage is the ability to act. rightly in the face of popular opposition, shamescandal, or discouragement.” wikipedia

As we mark heroes holiday, I would like to suggest that Zimbabwe needs new heroes. I am not downplaying the role of the liberation war heroes, they did their part, we are now free, but we need economic, social and political freedom in Zimbabwe. We need active citizenry, a people who will take matters into their hands and deal with persistant situations that plague Zimbabweans. There are millions of AIDS orphans who need homes, school fees, food and just general care. There are people with the resources to take care of these needs. There are millions of villagers who did not harvest much in the last season who are likely to go hungry as food supplies run low. Zimbabwe doesn’t have any systems that take care of the disabled, the destitutes and those who have been dealt a bad hand by fate. Zimbabwean citizens need to rise up and take care of these situations. 

Maybe in twenty years time, we will have more heroes to salute, heroes who have taken care of todays needs. We need more today heroes like Strive Masiiwa who has given us ‘mobile freedom’. Today we can call anywhere in Zimbabwe and around the world and speak to anyone. Almost everyone has a mobile phone and communication has gone past letters and messges on buses.

I know that times are challenging and that many have the desire, but do not have the resources to make a move. May the brave and courgeous among us rise up in the face of popular opposition, discouragement and shame to act rightly for the sake of the greater population. 

“When a person really desires something,
 to help that person to realize his dream…
Don’t give into your fears,” said the alchemist,
in a strangely gentle voice.
“If you do, you won’t be able to talk to your heart.”
 
Rise up and be a hero!
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