One Step at a Time

  I haven’t done a very good job, but in my posts about Amanda Lindhout and Nigel Brennan I’ve tried to avoid using a know-it-all, old-Africa-hand tone. But the truth is that from the moment they were kidnapped it was obvious that they had only themselves to blame. There’s nothing wrong with throwing yourself in … More One Step at a Time

Just When You Thought Things Couldn’t Get Any Worse in Somalia… Sky Pirates

Not content with bringing shipping lanes to a standstill off Somalia, gunmen are now intent on snagging European passengers from flights in and out of the lawless country and holding them for ransom. Yusuf M Hasan has written a gripping account of the thwarted hijacking of a flight from Bossaso, Puntland, to Djibouti… Diyaarada way … More Just When You Thought Things Couldn’t Get Any Worse in Somalia… Sky Pirates

EXCLUSIVE: Interview with a bloke on a satphone

The accent may have been thick and the line crackly as the words travelled through the ether but there was no doubting the sinister timbre of the universal pirate battle cry. “ARRRRRRRGGGGH,” said a man called Red Beard – his nickname apparently coming from the traditional use of henna to colour his facial hair – … More EXCLUSIVE: Interview with a bloke on a satphone

The Smell of Africa

So there I was buying shower gel in my new local supermarket in Jerusalem, when my eye was caught by an African scented variety.  I don’t tend to pay much attention to the flavour of my grooming products but on this occasion – already nostalgic for my old home – I thought this was just … More The Smell of Africa

A New Low for Uwe Boll

more about “A New Low for Uwe Boll“, posted with vodpod No-one was much interested in my scoop from last year that the man widely regarded as the world’s worst film director was working on a project about the Darfur conflict, provisionally entitled “Janjaweed”. Now the trailer is out, and I for one can’t wait … More A New Low for Uwe Boll

A New Low

The Congolese army has been accused many times of brutality. Like so many African armies it is a mishmash of different rebel militias teased into a semblance of a national force, while retaining a certain relaxed approach to battlefield law. The deeply flawed United Nations peacekeeping mission managed to overlook their failings up until this … More A New Low