History is always written by the winners. When two cultures clash, the loser is obliterated, and the winner writes the History Books; books which glorify their own cause and disparage the conquered foe. As Napoleon once said, “What is history, but a fable agreed upon?”
I have come to the realization that Dan Brown was right: history belongs to the victor. As Zimbabwean youth we are grossly unaware of our history and what that means for our future. History Monday is my attempt to educate myself and my fellow youth of the history of our country. Every two weeks, I shall post a piece of our history from the Liberation Struggle, Gukurahundi, Land Reform, Opposition Parties and the Social Media Movement.
To communicate the truths of history is an act of hope for the future
Zimbabwean youths are marginalized from mainstream society through inequalities in income, wealth and power, unemployment and underemployment, infected and affected by the HIV/AIDS pandemic, living in situations of poverty and hunger, experiencing illiteracy and poor quality educational systems, restricted access to health services and to information, exposure to violence including gender and political violence and experiencing various forms of discrimination (Sue Onslow).
The first thing I refuse for our youth is the lack of information, for ‘knowledge will forever govern ignorance; and a people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power that knowledge gives’ (James Madison).
So lets begin our journey with where our history begins.