Godwin Chronicles Zimbabwe's Downward Spiral

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Tatenda Chinyau

Tatenda Chinyau carries water he fetched from an unprotected well, which has been a major source of cholera in Harare, Zimbabwe. Desmond Kwande/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Reporter and author Peter Godwin was born and raised in Zimbabwe, and his childhood home is never far from his thoughts.

In 1984, after his father had a heart attack, Godwin began a series of pilgrimages to Zimbabwe.

He started to chronicle the nation's downward spiral in the hands of Robert Mugabe's regime.

His parents, like many white farmers in Zimbabwe, were attacked and harassed. But they refused to leave.

Godwin talks with Farai Chideya about his new book, When a Crocodile Eats the Sun: A Memoir of Africa.

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