Still clinging to hope
Losing the family dog was wrenching. And he'll miss some of the things the fire took. A library of books. One or two treasured first editions. The family photographs and slides of adventure trips with his best friend. And it hurt that the laptops he put in the car were stolen as the family fought to save what they could.
"But . . . they're just things," he murmured.
His voice trailed off, and he stared numbly ahead. "It's actually much harder having Mike's house burned down than ours, because we can rebuild," he said. "He's too old."
Living in a friend's house in Harare, Mike and Angela Campbell cling to the hope that somehow they'll get their land back. But thinking about what to do now, Mike Campbell's voice quavered a little.
"We're not allowed to go there. And the house is flat, anyway."
Can he rebuild, after all that's happened?
"I don't know, quite honestly," he said. "I'll have to look at it. I just don't know."
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