It wasn't always broken


As the world watches Zimbabwe burning from a safe distance, one girl remembers what it was like being raised in a country that once held all of Africa's hope for a better future.

They don’t know how to cook meat in other countries. Mostly, and especially in the UK, it’s overcooked, or sometimes smothered in thick gravies. When we were little, my brother and I would happily devour entire rare steaks and use our teeth to strip every morsel from the bones we held in our hands, leaving nothing for the dogs to chew on. We must have looked as wild as the savage animals from the plains of the savannah to our parents’ polite guests who managed to use cutlery in every conceivable situation. However, this was forgiven for we were, after all, the children from Africa.

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