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Caught in the crossfire

Caught in the crossfire

Kenya: Armed and dangerous Desperate and ruthless gangs find firearms widely available in Nairobi’s slums, presenting a constant security risk to the city’s residents A message posted on a Kenyan...

Hostile terms

Hostile terms

Africa: ‘tribalism’ Over a century of deeply racist Western literature continues to influence notions of ‘blackness’ and what it means to be an African By Milton Allimadi When I wrote my master’s...

Creole rising

Creole rising

West Africa: new languages Pidgin and creole emerged to serve trade, but what of their longer-term use and acceptance? By Simon Akam When I lived in Sierra Leone’s capital, Freetown, my house had a...

Between a rock and a hard place

Swaziland: monarchical abuse Childhood links to the motherland seem to require a certain patriotism, yet the country is troubled by a self-serving ruler By Bheki Mashile From a young age I came to...