Across the Dessert

This book is both an adventure and a denounciation of a crime against humanity.

Hardly ever has a book touched me like this one. A way only reality can touch you. Together with Fabrizio Gatti I have crossed the Sahara on board of a truck full of (future) illegal immigrants. It’s a business Continue reading

The People in Africa are Starving

Development organisations and charities like to shock us with their images. They want us to feel bad and most of all they want us to give them money.

How this practice distorts our view of a rich and multifaceted continent seems not to matter. The latest Stride edition writes that Continue reading

Poison for Locals, Minerals for Us

Children are dying in Nigeria thanks to one of the most valuable thing on Earth: gold.

Zamfara, a state in the North of Nigeria has a lot of gold. But the price to get it out is high. Lead poisoning in the area has already killed at least 500 children. Many more are struggling for their survival. Continue reading

Poor You!

Finally there is humanitarian aid for Europeans! An African NGO brings humaneness to Italy – which given the recent events is in dire need.

Italy has been repeatedly in the news for racism lately. The African workers in Italy – be it in vegetable plantations in Southern Italy or elsewhere – are one of the main targets of the Italian xenophobia.

Hardly any Italians would tell you that the workers coming from the far South are good for the country – even if none of them would like to do the jobs the Africans do. A very contrary view is the following: Continue reading

Cooking a Continent

While we might be heading into yet another terribly unsuccessful climate debate in Durban, let us take an African view on things.

A lot is at stake for many countries at this year’s COP 17 climate summit in Durban, taking place from November 28th until December 9th. That is why “the countries of the global South hope for some listening as well as all the talking”. Those are the words of Nnimmo Bassey, international climate campaigner.

The mottos of the conference “working together” and “saving tomorrow today” seem appropriate if we think like the Fiji Times that “the stakes could never have been higher”. Continue reading

The Slave Next Door

Today’s post is dedicated to all those people, persons, who are living in conditions of slavery. They do exist and their lives are beyond the imaginable.

Im Mauretania were Slavery was officially abolished in 2008, it de facto still exists. But if anybody says that or tries to change that, he or she might very likely end up in jail. It is what happened to Bulkhair Ould Cheikh Dieng. The activist of the Mauretanian organisation IRA who fights to put and end to slavery has been sentenced to three months in jail for denouncing the state not acting upon a girl being hold as a slave. But that is just a story of so many, let us have a look around the world: Continue reading

Rotten Carrots

“Don’t throw that away, there are People in Africa who are Hungry”, have you heard that before? Well, fact is, it is true and worth to write a post on this story. About that and about carrots.

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations has published a report on Global food losses and food waste. A wonderful insight into the other side of hunger. I’ll give you a short overview: Continue reading

Urban Hunters & Gatherers

People already throw away a LOT of food. But what about supermarkets? And why don’t we care more about this?

Check out the documentary Dive!, which will take you into the world of dumpster diving. It is all about re-using things that other people throw away.

We trash things others cannot even afford buying. You will be amazed by how much that actually is. Bin-diving wants to point out this waste of things; it has its own philosophy and is constantly in conflict with the law. (but how can re-using trash be against the law, Continue reading