From January 1983, a campaign of terror was waged against the Ndebele people of western Zimbabwe, an outbreak of obscene violence that remains the darkest period in the country's post-independence history, notwithstanding the bloody notoriety of the last decade-and-a-half. But now, the new light is being shed on these days of horror. Thousands...
Words: Chiaka Orjiako, Photograph: Adah Clarence Ugbede MA: Your recent appointment as inspector General of Police is one remarkable act, like never before in the history of the police force, taking into consideration time and events surrounding your appointment as the IG. What do you think must have necessitated your...
With a population of over 10 million people and a GDP of roughly $5.7 billion, Somalia is on a fast path to recovery. Prior to the civil war which stretched over a period of 15 years, Somalia was a business hub where thousands would gather from far and near to...
HOW TO DIGEST THE REALITY OF 1,500 dead migrants when most of the victims are lost to the sea; their hopes, dreams and even their names drowned with them? Blame is of course being assigned; or rather deflected, divided, avoided. British stinginess, smugglers' greed, ISIL's savagery, European racism, the oppression of...
With every outbreak of violence in South Africa, the refrain is the same. “The kwerekwere are stealing our jobs,” people say. Shops are torched. Streets are barricaded. Tyres are set alight. Rocks become weapons. People are hacked, stabbed, shot and burned to death. Jubilant mobs hound Somalis, Mozambicans, Zimbabweans, Pakistanis...