Michela Wrong

Michela Wrong has covered sub-Saharan Africa for 15 years as a correspondent for Reuters and the Financial Times. Her latest book tracks the story of the former Kenyan anti-corruption tsar John Githongo.

Significance Addicts: Aid Workers

Michela Wrong, 11 February 2010

As a member of Nairobi’s press corps, I often used to socialise with aid workers. The Kenyan capital was a perfect base for us. Its air links meant Africa’s various trouble spots, our professional bread and butter, were within easy striking distance: its shopping plazas, cafés and cinemas made it a place where those who had spent too long in the field dreamed of unwinding....

Adewale Maja-Pearce mentions the two arrest warrants issued for the suspected murderers of Patrick Karegeya, Rwanda’s former intelligence chief (LRB, 1 July). These were issued not by the Rwandan justice department, but by the South African authorities: the Rwandans continue to behave as though they don’t exist, and the outcome of the inquest into Karegeya’s murder is routinely and deliberately...

Kagame has successfully deflected criticism, partly thanks to Western guilt over the genocide in Rwanda (a recent report commissioned by Macron said that France bears an ‘overwhelming responsibility’)...

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You can’t just march into someone else’s country, give it entirely arbitrary boundaries, decide to rule it with only the minimum of resources, settle an alien population on its best...

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The Habit of War: Eritrea

Jeremy Harding, 20 July 2006

Eritrea’s war of independence, waged against its imperial neighbour Ethiopia, lasted 30 years and ended in 1991. Often, in the British media, the case against covering the conflict was that...

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