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 moment, and what the people of […]

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 the brink of an abyss. I’ve spent most of the day trapped in my flat in Bangui, because […]

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 house-keeper. Posh houses here have staff, and I’m a bit mortified how quickly […]