However, circumstances changed dramatically when I had to leave the increasingly volatile atmosphere of Zimbabwe.
My family urged me to move closer to them in New Zealand and Australia. I sold the house in Harare, but the money rapidly devalued in Zimbabwe’s rampant inflation. I left for New Zealand with limited savings which I eked out for as long as possible.
Eventually, however, I had no option but to throw myself on the mercy of the New Zealand state benefit system. Most of the benefit money went on paying rent and frugal living. I was trying to earn as much as I could by working at the university but at 70 years old, this was becoming increasingly difficult.