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Love in the Driest Season - A Family Memoir

Neely Tucker

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Foreign correspondent Neely Tucker and his wife, Vita, arrived in Zimbabwe in 1997. After witnessing firsthand the devastating consequences of AIDS on the population, especially the children, the couple started volunteering at an orphanage that was desperately underfunded and short-staffed. One afternoon, a critically ill infant was brought to the orphanage from a village outside the city. She'd been left to die in a field on the day she was born, abandoned in the tall brown grass that covers the highlands of Zimbabwe in the dry season. After a near-death hospital stay, and under strict doctor's orders, the ailing child was entrusted to the care of Tucker and Vita. Within weeks Chipo, the girl-child whose name means gift, would come to mean everything to them. Still an active correspondent, Tucker crisscrossed the continent, filing stories about the uprisings in the Congo, the civil war in Sierra Leone, and the postgenocidal conflict in Rwanda. He witnessed heartbreaking scenes of devastation and violence, steeling him further to take a personal role in helping anywhere he could. At home in Harare, Vita was nursing Chipo back to health. Soon she and Tucker decided to alter their lives forever-they would adopt Chipo. That decision challenged an unspoken social norm-that foreigners should never adopt Zimbabwean children. Raised in rural Mississippi in the sixties and seventies, Tucker was familiar with the mores associated with and dictated by race. His wife, a savvy black woman whose father escaped the Jim Crow South for a new life in the industrial North, would not be deterred in her resolve to welcome Chipo into their loving family. As if their situation wasn't tenuous enough, Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe was stirring up national fervor against foreigners, especially journalists, abroad and at home. At its peak, his antagonizing branded all foreign journalists personae non grata. For Tucker, the only full-time American correspondent in Zimbabwe, the declaration was a direct threat to his life and his wife

Language:

English

Length:

5h 31m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

05:59


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

06:48


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

06:19


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

06:17


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

06:51


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

04:10


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

05:50


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

07:26


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

07:16


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

07:27


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

05:15


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

04:48


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

06:02


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

07:01


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

05:21


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

07:36


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

07:21


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

05:55


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

04:58


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

07:10


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

06:45


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

05:58


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

06:42


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

05:46


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

07:08


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

06:29


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

05:02


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

06:20


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

06:11


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

07:11


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

05:51


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

06:27


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

05:53


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

06:14


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

07:02


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

07:03


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

06:02


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

07:35


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

07:32


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

07:13


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

07:27


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

07:05


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

06:00


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

06:13


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

05:38


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

06:31


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

05:50


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

06:40


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

06:37


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

05:50


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

05:46


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

05:57