Kassim Mohamed
The Kafka-esque world of Somali refugees in Europe Finally, after decades of war, peace seems to be coming to Somalia and more than a million refugees are told to return home. So why do so many Somalis continue to live in abandoned buildings, churches, parks and railway stations in Europe? “I don’t mind going to Mogadishu, but they insist on sending me to Somaliland, where they will think I am a terrorist.” Kassim Mohamed unearthed a maze of bureaucratic misunderstandings, dangerous errors and... The Kafka-esque world of Somali refugees in Europe Finally, after decades of war, peace seems to be coming to Somalia and more than a million refugees...
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The myth and the heritage When talking of Nelson Mandela, many focus on his niceness and his propensity to forgive those who jailed him for 27 years. Fears for the future usually follow. Mandela stood for reconciliation, rainbow nation, togetherness, (and sugar, spice and all things nice.) If there was no white genocide in South Africa, that was Madiba’s work. What will happen when he goes? His critics have taken him on precisely because of all that niceness. The black majority is still penniless.... The myth and the heritage When talking of Nelson Mandela, many focus on his niceness and his propensity to forgive those who jailed him for 27 years....
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It’s always nice when a new initiative is warmly greeted, but the way our focus group (of publishers, photographers, journalists, fellow media and general acquaintances) responded to the trial issue of ZAM Chronicle was beyond expectation. Meant as no more than a first taste of our plans, and sent to only 150 close individual partners and friends, articles from The ZAM Chronicle 0 were positively reviewed and even reproduced by such diverse entities as an agricultural institute, a corruption... It’s always nice when a new initiative is warmly greeted, but the way our focus group (of publishers, photographers, journalists, fellow media and...
Benon Herbert Oluka
There is an unwritten rule in the Ugandan media. It is that the media can't report extensively on President Museveni's personal conduct, his family or the army. Every time someone writes about these things, Museveni gets jittery. On 7 May, Uganda’s leading independent newspaper, Daily Monitor , did not just write about one of these taboo subjects, but about all three. It quoted a confidential memo written by General David Sejusa, the Coordinator of National Intelligence Services, in which he... There is an unwritten rule in the Ugandan media. It is that the media can't report extensively on President Museveni's personal conduct, his family or...
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Mohamed Kadir, Christophe Assogba, Theophilus Abbah and Charles Rukuni
Pirates, oil smugglers and thieving local tycoons create employment, stimulates trade opportunities and provide services - with the moneys they obtain through robbery, theft and fraud. Pirates are much loved in Eyl, Somalia, where many businesses are booming thanks to their financial injections and needs. Beninese oil smugglers provide employment for hundreds of people in coastal towns, and help subsidize transport and other small businesses. Nigerian politician James Ibori, currently serving a 13... Pirates, oil smugglers and thieving local tycoons create employment, stimulates trade opportunities and provide services - with the moneys they obtain...
Pieter van der Houwen
African traders in Ghuangzou. Is Europe really yesterday's news? A gripping documentary by photographer and film director Pieter van der Houwen for Dutch VPRO television explores the universe of around 100.000 African traders who live and prosper in Guangzhou, China. It sheds a different light on what is often stereotyped as 'Chinese resource exploitation in Africa' and begs the question if Europe really is yesterdays news. More information:... African traders in Ghuangzou. Is Europe really yesterday's news? A gripping documentary by photographer and film director Pieter van der Houwen for Dutch...
Evelyn Groenink
South Africa | Down with donors, up with taxpaying citizens Africa's pavements are awash with money. After decades of neglect of the informal trading sector and 'citizen value' in general, thirty-five countries on the continent have joined a tax crusade. "It's good for democracy too. Because a paying people is a questioning people." A day in the life of the South African Revenue Service. 'A people that pays its own government is a people that will ask questions of that government' The boss of the... South Africa | Down with donors, up with taxpaying citizens Africa's pavements are awash with money. After decades of neglect of the informal trading...
Benon Herbert Oluka
Janet Akello was forced to kill a small boy who had tried to escape from the Lord's Resistance Army camp where she, too, was held captive. Phoebe * had a gun to her head when Joseph Kony raped her for the first time, when she was 14. Victoria * remembers fighting three armies handling a machine gun; abducting, burning, looting and serving as a wife to four commanders. They are now back home and, unlike most other former child soldiers, doing rather well. How a community campaign did what 'Stop Kony... Janet Akello was forced to kill a small boy who had tried to escape from the Lord's Resistance Army camp where she, too, was held captive. Phoebe * had a...
Evelyn Groenink
Dulcie September and Anton Lubowski In April 2013, it has been 25 years since the murder of South African ANC representative Dulcie September and 20 years since ANC's guerrilla leader Chris Hani's death. The truth about their murders will have remained buried for just as long, at least internationally. An in-depth investigation revealing arms trade links to both murders was published only in the Netherlands, in a language largely foreign to the international community. The history of a story that... Dulcie September and Anton Lubowski In April 2013, it has been 25 years since the murder of South African ANC representative Dulcie September and 20...