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Mugabe and the White African

Ben Freeth has an extraordinary story to tell. Like that of many white commercial farmers in Zimbabwe, the land belonging to his father-in-law, Mike Campbell, was taken over violently by a government minister. However, Mike’s family fought back. Appealing to international law, Mike and Ben instigated a landmark court case against the Mugabe government via the court of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Tribunal.

The case was deferred time and again due to the government’s delaying tactics.  But after Ben and his parents-in-law were abducted and beaten to within inches of death in June 2008, the SADC Tribunal deemed any further delay to be an obstruction of justice.

The case was heard, and was successful on all counts. But the story doesn't end there. In 2009, the family farm was burnt to the ground.  Today the fight for justice in Zimbabwe is still far from over.  This book is for anyone who wants to see into the heart of one of the toughest places to live, and to discover how human dignity flourishes even in the most adverse circumstances.

To read the Foreword by Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, here

To read the Foreword by The Most Reverend Dr John Sentamu, Archbishop of York, here

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When Governments Stumble:  Lessons from Zimbabwe’s past, Hope in Africa’s future

Ben Freeth established his credentials to write on this topic through his resistance to the bullying tactics employed by the Mugabe regime in Zimbabwe to throw his father-in-law, Mike Campbell, off Mount Carmel farm.  This compelling story of a brave family under siege was told by Ben in Mugabe and the White African. He now throws his net wider to ask: what response should Christians make to corruption and injustice when perpetrated by governments? Justice is a fundamental aspect of the Judeo-Christian faith. Ben explores this theme through his own experiences of government oppression in Zimbabwe, and through contemporary instances where Christians have – or have not – stood up against repressive regimes. He considers the Biblical injunction to obey your rulers, and examines the issues of complacency and fear: Most Christians feel powerless to act. Sometimes they are compromised by their relationship with the ruling group. What is our duty? What can we actually do, as individuals, and as a group?

To read the Foreword by Bear Grylls, British Adventurer, writer and television producer, here

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More about the Author


Ben Freeth MBE, is a British-born Zimbabwean who, together with his father-in-law, Mike Campbell, successfully sued President Robert Mugabe in an international court in 2008. After winning the lawsuit, Mike, his wife, Angela and Ben were abducted and tortured by Mugabe’s militia.  In 2009, after suffering repeated harassment, Mike’s Mount Carmel farm was burnt to the ground. Ben is the author of Mugabe and the White African, which tells the family's traumatic yet courageous stand.

This remarkable story has already been the subject of a documentary film which won Best Documentary 2009 (British Independent Film Awards), was nominated for the BAFTA Outstanding Debut Film 2010, and shortlisted for an Oscar in 2010.  Ben has lived in Zimbabwe for most of his life and, together with his wife Laura, is raising their three young children there. He was one of 44 people worldwide who were invited to Buckingham Palace in 2010 to receive an MBE (Member of the British Empire) award from the Queen.

Ben has appeared on programmes such as the BBC TV Andrew Marr Show, BBC Radio 4 Today Programme, BBC TV HARDtalk, as well as speaking at a number of festivals on the subjects covered in his books. He has been instrumental in setting up the Mike Campbell Foundation which is striving to bring about the restoration of justice, the rule of law, property rights and human rights to Zimbabwe.

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