This Friday, March 9, will be three years to the day that my brother disappeared. He disappeared on the morning of March 9 2015. He was abducted by five men at a barber shop.
"When my brother Itai Dzamara was abducted, my life changed drastically. ... I had to divorce my comfort zone and take a bold stand against human rights violations and leadership failure in Zimbabwe."
Patson Dzamara was a human rights defender working for good governance and against corruption in Zimbabwe. He consistently spoke out against corruption and impunity within government ranks. Patson Dzamara’s brother, Itai Dzamara, is also a human rights defender, journalist, and organiser of the Occupy Africa Unity Square, a project launched in 2014 that demands accountability and transparency from the Zimbabwean government. Itai Dzamara was abducted and disappeared on 9 March 2015, and his whereabouts remain unknown. Patson Dzamara explained that his brother’s disappearance motivated him to “...take a bold stand against human rights violations and leadership failure in Zimbabwe”. Patson died of colon cancer on 26 August, 2020.