7 stories on Africa this week, other than Kony2012
Did you hear we halved poverty while we were all distracted by Invisible Children, asks guest blogger Jina Moore.
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So what can we do to stop these two burgeoning crises? Send planes to the Sahel and patrol boats to the Gulf, says IPI. And maybe some radar and comms equipment.Skip to next paragraph
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4. Three men were killed in Burundi in an exchange of gunfire with the police, the latest in a series of killings that have been documented intermittently since the country's troubled 2010 election. The UN has confirmed that the FNL, an ex-rebel group and former opposition party, has relocated to Congo, and some observers fear the ongoing gun battles suggest a return to violence with the FNL.
5. Sam Bell, who knows a thing or two (to say the least) about what it means to do American advocacy on African atrocities, wrote a moving tribute to Representative Donald Payne, a long-time Sudan (and Africa) advocate who died on Tuesday. Bell's tribute is itself an insightful reflection on some of the challenges of advocacy.
Still thinking about the LRA?
If, after all of this, you're still thinking about the LRA, I urge you to read this piece by indefatigable Elizabeth Rubin. it's from 1998, when the LRA was still in Uganda kidnapping children at night. Not that being in Congo and the CAR and raping women and looting villages is any less of a crime. Just saying, note the time flashback. Also, it's amazing journalism. (Thanks Nicholas Thompson for freeing it from behind the New Yorker's paywall.)
Meanwhile, I find these two things to be the most lasting, as the Internet exploded this week:
Photographer Glenna Gordon, who took the only still picture of Invisible Children you've ever seen, was interviewed about the photo by the Washington Post. Answering a question about whether this IC stuff is all neo-colonial, Gordon said, "I don’t think they think there is a problem with the idea that they are colonial. This photo is the epitome of it, like, we are even going to hold your guns for you."
And novelist Teju Cole said yesterday (on, sigh, Twitter): "The White Savior Industrial Complex is not about justice. It is about having a big emotional experience that validates privilege." All those blog posts, and dude gets it right in 140 characters.
– Jina Moore is a freelance multimedia journalist who covers Africa, human rights and women in conflict zones. She blogs here.
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