AFTER CHIKURUBI NIGHTMARE

I have arrived safely back in the USA. I am so happy to be able to spend time with family and friends, reflect on the past few months, and plan for my future.

I would like to thank all of you - my family and friends - for your prayers, love and support in these past months. It’s been incredibly moving to see how many people were following my story. Thank you for your determination to #FreeMartha.

I would like to thank the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights for their unwavering efforts to resolve the legal issues I have been involved with since November 3, 2017. Their excellence and professionalism as lawyers combined with their dedication to human rights inspires me. I am also grateful to the U.S. Embassy Harare for all that was done on my behalf.

To Magamba Network - thank you for spreading my story and fighting relentlessly for my freedom. I’m so grateful to be part of such an amazing community in Harare, Zimbabwe.

I have been extremely fortunate to have the support of wonderful people all around the world during this challenging time. However, I am not the first person to have been the subject of politically motivated charges in Zimbabwe. Many other individuals do not have such international support. Activists and journalists in Zimbabwe have regularly been subjected to unjust arrests, beatings and abductions. My story has reached many, but it is the stories of the Zimbabweans who have for years fought tirelessly for the achievement of human rights that deserve the spotlight. I commend these brave individuals and hope they remain vigilant as Zimbabwe embarks on this new and exciting chapter in its young history. Martha O'Donovan


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