4 000 farmers evicted by Mugabe policy

4 000 farmers evicted by Mugabe policy


ZIMBABWE – Robert Mugabe launched the land reform programme in 2000 to redistribute property from white farmers to landless black Zimbabweans.

Around 4 000 whites were forcibly evicted and 18 farmers were killed during the violent land repossessions.

Most of the country’s white farmers have now been removed in what 91-year-old President Mugabe claims is a bid to redress Zimbabwe’s colonial history.

In the 1980s the country was home to 120 000 whites and more than seven million blacks – yet around half of the land was owned by white people.

According to the UK Government website, 210 farmers in Zimbabwe are being prosecuted for refusing to vacate homes allocated for redistribution.

There are now understood to only be around 300 white farmers living in the country.

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