A statement in support of Tsitsi Dangarembga

‘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

Stephen Page, CEO
On behalf of Faber & Faber
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