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The Papers

In a place — geographically, mentally, physically — where everything is guided by violence, international humanitarian aid organisations seem to do little more than catalogue, file and ultimately silence the voices of those most affected. Writing with unrestrained anger and deep sadness, Joséphine Imani’s* job application cover letter, addressed to the humanitarian aid industry, challenges […]

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The Mission of Forgetting

Joshua Craze offers a sobering analysis of the fantasy that is the United Nations mandate and presence in South Sudan, where civil war is the order of every day. The organisation’s peacekeeping mission, Craze argues, is based on the fundamental logic of the UN’s functioning: to recreate the image of its membership wherever it goes […]

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Curry Chronicles- Dal or Dhal, not Dull

There are many shades of dhal and numerous ways to hull and split it, but as Rustum Kozain reveals, when the budget is low and the palate is in need of fulfilment there is nothing quite like a well-cooked, lovingly seasoned legume. It makes for “royal eating”. Somewhere in the mid-1990s, I found myself in […]

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Adult Alphabet

‘R for rent, S for sex, T for evermore taxing things….’ Rustum Kozain‘s poetical dictionary (abridged) makes the traditional dictionary hiccup, divulging the sex within the standard definition and the power imbalances in the pronunciation key.   A is for apple, Ava and Adam; B is for their banishment, far better than Eden. C is for […]

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Sexing Africa, Again

Dominique Malaquais spins together Lil’ Kim, burkas, Muslim women, Somali Mata-Haris and the Great Female Mutilation Hoax to arrive at a veiled essays-in-fragments that confronts western fetishes, fallacies and fears around African womanhood and sexuality. Her veil is not about shrouding; it is about being alive to mourning, outrage, sadness, and hope. As she writes, […]

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