Japan has cherry blossoms, Holland has fields of tulips, and Africa has its famous jacarandas. They erupt in vivid purple flowers in October and November, the southern hemisphere's spring. That means right about now, the streets are awash in a gorgeous carpet of violet.
Wellington Chibebe, the secretary general of the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions, works tirelessly to bring attention to Zimbabwe's economic and human rights realities and to pressure the government to reform its ways.
Visiting Zimbabwe can be a heart-wrenching experience. It is a beautiful land of warm and soft-spoken people. But hovering over the landscape at all times is the specter of extreme poverty and political oppression.