The Bag On My Back

Personal story of return from exile. Tapiwa Chipfupa searches for the substance of her memories of the Zimbabwe of her childhood.

There was a time when Zimbabwe was a land of plenty – newly liberated, with productive farms and an enviable education system.  But all this changed within Tapiwa Chipfupa’s childhood.  The last of her family to leave Zimbabwe, Chipfupa returns home after years in neighboring South Africa.  Guided by her father, via telephone from England, and a box of old photos, Tapiwa searches for the substance of her childhood memories.  Were they just dreams?  Hers is a unique perspective: as the child of a middle class African family, she provides us a startling view of the dissolution and destruction, of what happens when liberators are afforded endless reign.

Courtesy of Encounters, 2013


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