review NOW I CALL HIM BROTHER

This book is a very personal journey by Alex Smith. He grew up in Rhodesia, torn apart by aprtheid, studied in South Africa, got involved in drug-trafficking, went back to his home-country, became a christian and decided to spent time and energy to devote himself to a better understanding between the different groups in his country, torn apart by civil war.

The difficulty with his new position was that he was inbetween. Who wanted to trust him? The whites, he was white himself? But he joined the blacks. Could blacks trust him, he belonged to the other side with that other skin and he belonged to that ruling class. His black mate in this struggle went though the same difficult position.

Being the som of the prime-minister did not make things easier. It is beautiful to see what can happen when people, no matter what colour, make a stand and resist injustice.

There are optimistic words about president Mugabe in this book, but reality took a different shape. Now Mugabe has stepped in the shoes of Smith, a leader of a minority.

Alec Smith – Now I call him brother – Basingstoke 1984

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I enjoy reading about Africa. New books. Old books. By African writers. By non-African writers. Novel. History. Travel. Biographies. Autobiographies. Politics. Colonialism. Poetry.

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