Troubled nation prepares to vote on tearing itself apart

The Times of London
Malakal, Southern Sudan

Mandour Abdelnoor, a trader, plans to return to Khartoum for safety(Pete Muller for The Times)
Mandour Abdelnoor, a trader, plans to return to Khartoum for safety
(Pete Muller for The Times)

Barges arrive from the north every day, loaded with people and their possessions. Jumbles of chairs and bed frames, mattresses, tin pots, plastic basins and barrels are piled on the quayside at Malakal, the first big town on the Nile in the south.

Southern Sudanese are leaving the north, some out of fear, others in excitement at the coming birth of their new independent nation. Continue reading Troubled nation prepares to vote on tearing itself apart

An Uncivil Partnership

New Statesman
Kigali, Rwanda

One afternoon in the hamlet of Mwoga in south-east Rwanda, I met a 43-year-old single mother named Mary Nyiratabaro. Wearing a bright orange igitenge dress, she was holding a piece of paper in her hand which, for her, signalled security. Rwanda is a country of 11 million people, most of whom live in rural areas and work as subsistence farmers. In the past, the state owned the land, but a British-funded programme to formalise and digitise land ownership is changing that. Continue reading An Uncivil Partnership