Things Not to Say to a Rebel Commander – An Occasional Series

This series is inspired by a moment last week when my slick journalist’s poise deserted me. Briefly. It is not the first time and probably won’t be the last. Anyway, it happened as I introduced myself to a rebel commander via telephone. ME: So where are you? REBEL COMMANDER (VIA SATPHONE): Erm. Erm. Who did you … More Things Not to Say to a Rebel Commander – An Occasional Series

Khartoum’s Big Stick

Khartoum needs no excuse to make life difficult for the international charities that operate in Darfur. Now Zoe’s Ark has handed them a perfect reason to get tough on organisations trying to dish up food or provide water to some four million people. Newsweek has taken a look at this issue. But I think they’ve … More Khartoum’s Big Stick

Nairobbery No More

Nairobi saw a nasty spate of crime at the start of the year. A senior figure with the aid agency Care was shot dead in a carjacking. Two Americans died in the same way. Gunfights erupted at a roadblock out of town. Dozens of locals died without the headlines afforded the unfortunate foreigners. And then the … More Nairobbery No More