The Leopard Hunts in Darkness Themes

Wilbur Smith
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Tribalism of Africa

The tragedy of the country, tribalism divides the continent. Whether it is Matabele against Mashona; Masai against Kikuyu; or Hutu against Watutsi, the story is the same. When the white settlers were driven out by bush wars, the ideals of fair play and any signs of integrity went with them. Where in the past the Mashona have always been considered to be the 'dogs and sons of dogs' of the Matabele, and used without second thought as their slaves and herd boys, the political winds of change brought about an upset in the balance of power. The Mashona took advantage of white troops of the Rhodesian government, and used them to help massacre the Matabele tribes people. When the white soldiers had done the lion's share of the work for them, the Mashona came out of hiding and claimed victory. Few Matabele leaders still existed that...

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