- About US$25 500 needed to complete surgery in India
- Nyarota founded the Daily News in 1999
ZIMBABWE journalists have launched an appeal for a life-saving heart surgery for seasoned journalist Geoffrey Nyarota due when resources are available in India.
The 69-year-old Nyarota was diagnosed as needing to undergo a coronary angioplasty, a procedure used to widen blocked or narrowed coronary arteries – the main blood vessels which supply the heart – by a group of doctors.
“I’m privileged to be the intended beneficiary of this special initiative which was launched by my colleagues in the Zimbabwean media fraternity,” Nyarota said in a video accompanying the appeal on his website, GoFundMe.
Nyarota also expressed his gratitude in advance to all those ready to make a contribution, large or small, towards the cost of “my life-saving journey to India. May the Lord bless you”.
Geoffrey Nyarota is an award-winning Zimbabwean journalist and human rights activist.
He exhibited fearlessness during his time as editor of the Daily News which he founded in 1999, a significant year in Zimbabwe which saw the launch of the MDC; a crash in the local currency and witnessed the beginning of the farm invasions.
The chaotic land invasions by organised youths and veterans of the Chimurenga War led Zimbabwe into international isolation, leading to an economic collapse from which the country never recovered.