2013 Oslo Freedom Forum
May 15, 2013
Zimbabwean author Peter Godwin talks about the torture he witnessed upon returning to his native country after the most recent election, in which the opposition received more support than the brutal regime of Robert Mugabe expected. Schools were transformed into torture centers where opposition supporters were rounded up by the authorities, tortured, and sent home to demonstrate to rest of the population what happens when citizens oppose Mugabe’s regime. Godwin presents this narrative to counter the argument to those who seek to rehabilitate and amend the image of Mugabe the dictator.