Beating Chains

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I write about being subjected to conditions most people would find unbearable, having to draw on my inner resources and strengths to endure the unimaginable. In the process, I developed not only a life-saving resilience but also empathy and a keen desire to help my fellow inmates.

During my first six years in prison, I watched over 2200 prisoners die, primarily from malnutrition. It was during the Zimbabwe dollar crash when there was no food outside the prison; never mind in there.

The conditions were horrific, but during those treacherous years – I learned what “a spiritual and positive mental attitude,” “the power of forgiveness,” “the importance and value in gratitude,” and what “true freedom” really mean.

My resilience, empathy, and tolerance were tested to breaking point, but little did I know it was all in God’s plans, preparing me for greater things.

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About Rusty

In his book and to audiences, Rusty’s message is that everyone is faced with challenges, but it is who you are and the depth of your determination that will get you through life’s darkest moments. He shows how one can harness one’s inner strength and let go of what one cannot control. His talks have a broad audience appeal, from leadership lessons for CEOs and managers to inspiration and staff members’ motivation. They will all feel an impact.

VICTORY OVER INJUSTICE
Against police evidence, without a body and on presumptions, Rusty was convicted of drowning a fish poacher during Mugabe’s rule. He served 10 years in Zimbabwe’s prisons, including the notorious Chikurubi Maximum Security Prison, where he suffered through the Zim dollar crash, with food shortages, no running water, and people dying around him daily.

He speaks eloquently about being subjected to conditions most people would find unendurable, having to dig deep within himself to find solutions to an unbearable situation. His resilience, ability to face adversity, and pure grit are an unparalleled inspiration.

Biography

Russell Wayne(Rusty) Labuschagne – Born 2 November 1961 in West Nicholson, Zimbabwe.

At the tender age of 6, I was sent to a cruel boarding school 200km away, where I longed for the fishing and outdoor life I loved so dearly. Tragically I lost my larger than life dad in ’73, shattering and changing our lives forever.

I left school in 1980 and worked as an apprentice fitter and machinist, during which time I was fortunate enough to make the national rugby squad. In mid ’82, I ventured into the safari industry as a learner guide, got married later that year, and within seven years, we had two beautiful children, Dusty and Sandy, who became my life.

In 1988 I formed a safari operation, founded a water well drilling business, and in 1989 bought a 40,000-acre cattle ranch with 820 head of cattle, all on credit.

Sadly, in ’93, my saint of a mother passed away from breast cancer, and two years later, my marriage fell apart. But by 2000, I was making plenty of money in my safari business, flying my own aircraft, had a fishing resort on Lake Kariba, flashy cars, speed boats, houseboats, and was happily engaged.

In December 2000, I was wrongly accused of drowning a fish poacher and on 3 April 2003, during the height of the political lawless land invasion chaos in Zimbabwe – against police evidence, without a body, and on presumptions, I was convicted of drowning that poacher and sentenced to 15 years in Zimbabwe’s prisons, of which five were suspended. Utterly humiliated, my life changed forever.

We were seventy-eight inmates in a cell 13m x 3m, with 33cm each marked out on the walls in chalk – packed like sardines with legs all crossing over in the middle. We all faced the same direction, when you turned over, it was all together. There were no basin or taps in the cells, so we had to wash our only set of clothes in the cell toilets at night wearing a blanket then hang them on the walls with smuggled book staples to dry by the next morning.

In 2005 Harare City ran out of water. Each prisoner was allocated only one cup of dirty orange city run-off water a day, carried by farm prisoners from a nearby dam. That was to drink, clean your teeth, wash your face, bath, everything – for three years.

During my first six years in prison, I watched over 2200 prisoners die, primarily from malnutrition. It was during the Zimbabwe dollar crash when there was no food outside the prison; never mind in there.

The conditions were horrific, but during those treacherous years – I learned what “a spiritual and positive mental attitude,” “the power of forgiveness,” “the importance and value in gratitude,” and what “true freedom” really mean.

My resilience, empathy, and tolerance were tested to breaking point, but little did I know it was all in God’s plans, preparing me for greater things.

 

About the Book

About 70% of this book was written in my prison cell on a smuggled cell phone and emailed to myself. All sketches I did personally after exiting prison.

In 2003, without a body and against police evidence, I was wrongly convicted of drowning a fish poacher and spent 10 harrowing years under horrendous conditions in Zimbabwe’s prisons during Mugabe’s rule. I write about being subjected to conditions most people would find unbearable, having to draw on my inner resources and strengths to endure the unimaginable. In the process, I developed not only a life-saving resilience but also empathy and a keen desire to help my fellow inmates. My faith in God, positive mental attitude, leadership qualities, and lessons in forgiveness, gratitude, and humility bring a personal, transformative and authentic message of hope and freedom.

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Product Details

Product details

ASIN : B084WWY8H6
Publisher : self published (February 17, 2020)
Publication date : February 17, 2020
Language : English
File size : 3130 KB
Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
Text-to-Speech : Enabled
Screen Reader : Supported
Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
X-Ray : Not Enabled
Word Wise : Enabled
Print length : 605 pages
Lending : Not Enabled

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