‘Friends. Here is a principle. If you want your suffering to end, you have to act. Action comes from hope. This is the principle of faith and action.’ Tsitsi Dangarembga, before her arrest on 31 July 2020
On 31 July, President Mnangagwa deployed heavily armed soldiers and police onto the streets of the Zimbabwean capital city, Harare, where hundreds of activists and opposition leaders were set to stage a peaceful protest against the ongoing economic crisis and human rights abuses in the country. Tsitsi Dangarembga was one of those protestors. She was peacefully protesting with one other person against the current Zimbabwean government.
As she faces trial, we at Faber & Faber stand with Tsitsi Dangarembga to demand her acquittal and we urge others to support her cause. By joining together and raising our voices, let the power of our collective call effect change.
‘Every moment is a moment for potential resolution. It just needs somebody to say, in that moment, OK, we’re going to do things differently – and mean it.’ Tsitsi Dangarembga
Andrew Holgate, Literary Editor, Sunday Times
Carol Ann Duffy
Claire Armitstead, Associate Editor, Culture, Guardian
Gaby Wood, Literary Director, Booker Prize Foundation
Jennifer Clement, President, PEN International
John Haffenden FBA FRSL
Julia Copus FRSL
Maureen Freely, Chair, English PEN
Philippe Sands, President, English PEN
Richard ‘Huck’ Scarry
Richard T. Kelly
Timberlake Wertenbaker FRSL