The Curious Case of Gaddafi’s Camels

Gaddafi’s camel Originally uploaded by mosilager One of the strangest tales I have heard in my time here is the story of how the nation of Zambia ended up with 4 rather sad looking camels sitting in Mundawanga Zoo just outside Lusaka. Back in 2008, after recently appointing himself King of African Kings, and in … Continue reading

Ephraim’s Story

On my recent trip to Western Province, whilst staying with some friends I happened to strike up a conversation with a quiet young man who was calling in from next door. Ephraim is about as gently spoken, cheerful and engaging a 16 year old as you could ever hope to meet and I was quickly … Continue reading

Hail to the Chief…

Six weeks here and it was high time that I immersed myself in some Zambian culture. Fortunately Easter weekend means Kuomboka, the largest and most celebrated of all Zambia’s tribal traditions, so off we headed on the long journey to Mongu in the Western Province to join the party. Zambia, like most nations in Africa, … Continue reading

The Ladies on the front line…

The way in which money flows from donor nations and institutions through governmental and non-governmental organisations to finally end up where it was intended: the poor, the sick and the needy can be complex in the extreme and is certainly bewildering to the uninitiated. There are prime recipients, sub recipients, block grants, sub grants, twin … Continue reading

The Importance of Speaking Up

I felt a little under qualified blogging a few weeks ago on my impressions of South Africa. I was only there for a week after all and who am I to judge the ANC’s today after such a long and painful struggle against apartheid? But I found the language used by them against Archbishop Desmond … Continue reading