Zimbabwean Farmer Who Fought Land Seizure, Dies at 78

From the New York Times:

Mike Campbell, a ferociously independent white Zimbabwean farmer who sued his country’s autocratic ruler,Robert Mugabe, to stop the seizure of his land and improbably won, only to lose the farm when the government defied the court ruling, died on Wednesday. He was 78.

The cause, the family said, was brain injuries sustained in a June 2008 beating administered by thugs from President Mugabe’s party to punish Mr. Campbell for the case he had filed months earlier.

Even in late 2008, six months after the beating, Mr. Campbell seemed frail and diminished. In an interview on his farm, Mount Carmel, a beautiful spread with lush mango groves and fertile fields, Mr. Campbell could remember nothing of the beating. His wife, Angela, said she “didn’t know he was alive until he groaned.”

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