Solitary hospital struggles to treat Sudan’s civilian victims

The Times
Nuba Mountains, Sudan

Hawatif Dalamia is recovering from her wounds, but does not know what happened to her husband and children (Marc Hofer)
Hawatif Dalamia is recovering from her wounds, but does not know what happened to her husband and children (Marc Hofer)

A grimy plaster cast covers Taqueen’s left leg from toe to hip and a bandage is wrapped around his right ankle. The slight 16-year-old has been in the male ward of a simple hospital in Sudan’s rebel-held Nuba Mountains for the past month, another victim of an indiscriminate aerial bombing campaign by Khartoum against rebel villages. Continue reading Solitary hospital struggles to treat Sudan’s civilian victims

Contemporary art in modern Africa

The Times
Nairobi, Kenya

Michael Soi at work in his Nairobi studio
Michael Soi at work in his Nairobi studio

Michael Soi is flecked with paint when I meet him at his studio, a high, rough-walled room in a converted warehouse in Nairobi’s industrial area. Stacked against walls and tables are his large acrylic on canvas paintings in flat, bright colours: buxom women with towering Afros, leering men in uniforms and suits, corrupt coppers, fat-cat politicians, pickpockets preying on bus queues.

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