Category Archives: Africa

The wrong kind of Islam

Timbuktu has a special place in the hearts of many travellers and historians alike. Evocative of deserts, massive adobe walls, and Tuareg camel trains the name is instilled into our psyche from childhood – “Head to Timbuktu, travel, see the … Continue reading

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Egypt: Women, Work and Waiting for Change

The turn-out in Egypt’s recent elections set a new standard. Compared to previous, single-figure turn-outs some 70% of the population, both male and female, turned out to choose their new President. Maybe it is not so surprising, then, that the … Continue reading

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Rock Art and Land Mines

The BBC World Service today published an article and interview with Sada Mire, Somali archaeologist now based in London. Affiliated to the School of Oriental and African Studies and University College London, the 35 year old is also director of … Continue reading

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Redemption

On Friday I watched The Redemption of General Butt Naked on UK Channel 4, a moving and disturbing film about one of Liberia’s most notorious war criminals. During the civil war of the early 1990’s the Butt Naked brigade were … Continue reading

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How would you treat your dead?

On Friday, Mary Harper reported for the BBC that the Rwandan authorities are forcibly exhuming the remains of those who died in the 1994 genocide. The families of those dead are angry – insulted at the seeming disrespect of this … Continue reading

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