In Which Better News Leans In

Hello there, and good afternoon! As you read this, the world seems engorged with violence: Syria, Iraq, Gaza, the Central African Republic (CAR) And dozens of other bloody conflicts are ripping apart communities and whole nations, traumatising … [Continue reading]

Why the Central Africa Republic is broken but not shattered

It's been a while, but I am now back to my desk, and my blog. I've missed you, and couldn't stay away any longer. I was going to call this post 'Bienvenue Madam le President,' in recognition of Mme. Catherine Samba-Panza's recent inauguration as the … [Continue reading]

Bangui has become different cities

This morning my corner of Bangui was quiet. I live on the riverfront, and drink early morning coffee as I watch people walking towards the city centre market. Since Saturday, there have been more people walking each morning, including young men … [Continue reading]

Bangui: death, devastation, glints of hope

There are few 'facts on the ground' to go by, as this bloody and grim Central African situation is still evolving. But having been out on the streets of Bangui for the last couple of days, I can offer these glimpses of what life is like here at the … [Continue reading]

This Evening in Bangui

At least a hundred people have been killed here in Bangui today, in horrific fighting between Seleka and the so-called 'anti-Balaka.' The violence is increasingly sectarian, sharpening people's fears that this beautiful fragile country could be on … [Continue reading]

A little update from the lovely town of Bouar

So, its been another while since I wrote a blog update - and this one is going to be short. Because here in the lovely sunny hill town of Bouar, the internet is not always friendly and the keyboard is sticking! Bare with me folks! I've been driven … [Continue reading]

Fifty Shades of Green

Two months into my sejour in the Central African Republic (CAR) and I'm having a love affair with this place. A slightly masochistic one, maybe; in some parts of the capital, Bangui, you can cut the tension with a switchblade, and tracts of the rest … [Continue reading]

Seleka Land

As some of you already know, I recently moved to Bangui, the Capital of the Central African Republic. I like it here: mind you, I'm not exactly slumming it. My apartment in 'Centre Ville' is comfortable and air-conditioned, with guards and a … [Continue reading]

STOP PRESS – Breaking News!!

I am delighted to share this exciting news with you. All of you! Meet Me in Gaza has just been shortlisted for a Literary award! The Memo Palestine Book Award is an annual prize for the best book about Palestine published in English. The prize … [Continue reading]

Welcome to Bangui!

I arrived here two weeks ago. 'Here' is Bangui, small capital city of the Central African Republic, one of the remotest countries left in the world. The last week of June I flew  from London to Casablanca, changed planes, and at dawn descended over … [Continue reading]