My friend went to Africa and all I got was this idea for a lousy T-shirt

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

Bits and bobs

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

Mr Kony, I Presume

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