In 2006 I met Joseph Kony in a jungle clearing in South Sudan. It was one of two sites where members of his Lord’s Resistance Army were allowed to gather in safety for peace talks. I was with Jan Egeland, the then UN’s emergency humanitarian co-ordinator, who was taking a huge risk in meeting Kony. He … More Joseph Kony in Peace Talks?
Kony 2012 is not an aberration. It is the inevitable next step in a trend among charities and advocacy groups trying to connect distant disasters with donors, voters and policymakers in the west. That is laudable. But a consequence is that it has confused causes and effects, spawning a new breed of campaigner that measures … More My friend went to Africa and all I got was this idea for a lousy T-shirt
Here’s some stuff on Sudan and Darfur that I’ve been reading recently… In Darfur – Winter Miller travelled to Chad with Nick Kristof and used the trip as the basis for a play. Anyone going to see it? I’d love to. Have an African play idea myself that is destined to remain forever just an … More Bits and bobs
Matt Green, formerly of this parish, launched his book on Joseph Kony in London last night. I’m thoroughly looking forward to reading The Wizard of the Nile: The Hunt for Africa’s Most Wanted, about his search for the mysterious rebel leader who unleashed untold misery on northern Uganda. Not least because about a year or … More Mr Kony, I Presume