So much for reparations..

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the government is assuming there are enough farmers willing to come back and re-establish the agricultural economy that had had 20 years to implode.

Those Europeans or descendants of Europeans that were forced off their land beat feet out of the country... there was a lot of crime committed against the white land owners who did not initially flee, once the sh*t started hitting the fan anyone who could get out got out..
 

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the government is assuming there are enough farmers willing to come back and re-establish the agricultural economy that had had 20 years to implode.

Those Europeans or descendants of Europeans that were forced off their land beat feet out of the country... there was a lot of crime committed against the white land owners who did not initially flee, once the sh*t started hitting the fan anyone who could get out got out..
The ones who left got little or nothing in compensation for their land and property- if they have since rebuilt their lives elsewhere, why would they go back to risk what they had to struggle to get.
 

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the government is assuming there are enough farmers willing to come back and re-establish the agricultural economy that had had 20 years to implode.

Those Europeans or descendants of Europeans that were forced off their land beat feet out of the country... there was a lot of crime committed against the white land owners who did not initially flee, once the sh*t started hitting the fan anyone who could get out got out..
The article's rather short, Yahoo journalism at its finest, but when it mentions money and the word "compensation" together, I'm assuming Zim is going to pay farmers for land seized in 2000. The amount of payment offered is likely going to be minuscule in comparison to the actual value of the land. Zim's just too far in an economic dumpsterfire to really pay farmers properly; or, the land was close to worthless in 2000 anyways (not likely).

White Zimbabweans who didn't leave after the end of Rhodesia had a couple economic good points under Mugabe. Those pale in comparison to the theft, genocide, violence, and corruption of the rest of Mugabe's years, though.

There's no way to bring back Rhodesia's agricultural success. At least not in the foreseeable future. Rhodesian farmers took about three generations to become Africa's breadbasket. That's three generations of intensive farming, education, and experience. That's not coming back absent large amounts of foreign investment or Zim gets realistic and serious about agricultural productivity and profitability. Which can't happen because land in Africa is highly politicized. Under white regimes, corporate interests and white landlord farmers marginalized blacks into the less agriculturally productive areas. Once black rule started, the black supporters of Mugabe, etc. wanted land in compensation for "service." Sort of a kleptocratic way of buying support with land. So, they seized the land and gave it to incompetent political hacks. Bye bye productivity.

Rhodesia and Zimbabwe are probably the least understood and least known human tragedies of the Twentieth Century.
 

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Who the hell would be dumb enough to go back to the place where they were coming in the middle of the night to hack the ones who didn't GTFO to death with machetes?
All encouraged by the a-hole who now wants them back.
Suck it up and rot in your own stew.
 

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the government is assuming there are enough farmers willing to come back and re-establish the agricultural economy that had had 20 years to implode.

Those Europeans or descendants of Europeans that were forced off their land beat feet out of the country... there was a lot of crime committed against the white land owners who did not initially flee, once the sh*t started hitting the fan anyone who could get out got out..
i heard Russia was handing big plots of land free to white s. african farmers if they immigrated there and promised to farm it.
 
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