Tjitske Lingsma
The high ambitions of the International Criminal Court and the harsh reality Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo was the first person tried for command responsibility by the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague. The military commander of the Movement for the Liberation of Congo (MLC) was sentenced to 18 years in prison for crimes against humanity, sexual violence being one of them. In this fragment of All Rise! , Tjitske Lingsma's new book, witness P-87 testifies anonymously about her brutal... The high ambitions of the International Criminal Court and the harsh reality Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo was the first person tried for command...
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The investigation into development aid by our partners in the African Investigative Publishing Collective, 'How aid helps the richt get richer' , is doing the rounds. Publications by Belgian Knack and its counterpart Le Vif l’Express saw the story extended from English-only to the Dutch/Flemish and French language groups. A publication in Spanish Revista Luzes is expected in September. Meanwhile, the story (and/or story chapters) has/have also been published in Nigeria , Uganda , South Africa , and... The investigation into development aid by our partners in the African Investigative Publishing Collective, 'How aid helps the richt get richer' , is...
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Children in the global south are targets for charitable intervention by Western do-gooders. Campaigns aimed at 'orphan rescue' drive the 'production' of orphans -who in reality often have at least one living parent- while established international standards for child protection are ignored. Kristen Cheney, senior lecturer at the International Institute of Social Studies in The Hague, describes the ‘orphan industrial complex’ in her book Crying for Our Elders: African Orphanhood in the Age of HIV... Children in the global south are targets for charitable intervention by Western do-gooders. Campaigns aimed at 'orphan rescue' drive the 'production' of...
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ZAM Board member Babah Tarawally drums up support for affected community in Sierra Leone. A recent investigation by the African Investigative Publishing Collective exposed how large development aid projects get hijacked by African political elites to get even richer. However, the investigation also underlined that giving money directly to a poor community or family can make a difference. ZAM Board member Babah Tarawally, originally from Sierra Leone, has taken the initiative to raise funds to the... ZAM Board member Babah Tarawally drums up support for affected community in Sierra Leone. A recent investigation by the African Investigative Publishing...
Evelyn Groenink
An uprising against a dictator. Angry people in the streets. Seven protestors shot dead by soldiers. Then, suddenly, amid the outrage and hurt, the same people in the streets use focus, restraint, and human dignity to strike back. They find a group of soldiers, surround them, and capture seven -the same number as protestors killed. They keep the group ‘arrested’ for a while. Then let them go. Watch the video here . Letting go is what the same protesting people are doing with the Gnassingbé dynasty,... An uprising against a dictator. Angry people in the streets. Seven protestors shot dead by soldiers. Then, suddenly, amid the outrage and hurt, the same...
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We are giving away three copies of an extraordinary film. Jean van de Velde's film Bram Fischer has just been released on DVD. This Dutch-South African co-production tells the astonishing story of a white, Afrikaner lawyer – a leader of the underground communist party and member of Nelson Mandela's defence team in the early sixties of last century. So far Bram Fischer received much praise in Dutch media and it also won the audience award at the Movies that Matter film festival in March this year.... We are giving away three copies of an extraordinary film. Jean van de Velde's film Bram Fischer has just been released on DVD. This Dutch-South African...
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On the 17th of August 1982 the South African freedom fighter, journalist and scholar Ruth First was assassinated by a parcel bomb sent to her by apartheid dead squads. Thirty-five years later, First is remembered as a courageous and stubborn activist against white supremacy and male domination. She was a defendant in the Treason Trial of 1956 – 1961 alongside 156 other leading anti-partheid activists who were key figures in the South African Congress Alliance. First was listed and banned during the... On the 17th of August 1982 the South African freedom fighter, journalist and scholar Ruth First was assassinated by a parcel bomb sent to her by...
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With photography from the Inkanyiso Collective, the Amsterdam No Man's Art Gallery honours the courage of South African LGBT activists and mourns the lives of so many fallen heroes. “Where you feel pride, we feel tears,” Zanele Muholi said at the opening of Pride & Loss, ​​photography by the members of the Johannesburg based Inkanysio Collective. It was two days before hundreds of thousands celebrated the annual Pride and canal parade. “I need you to organise an exhibition,” the South African... With photography from the Inkanyiso Collective, the Amsterdam No Man's Art Gallery honours the courage of South African LGBT activists and mourns the...
Ayϙ Adéné
On Saturday the 29th of July 2017 the Nigerian police arrested 42 LGBT persons at a party in Owode Onirin in Lagos State. On a picture in one of the local newspapers that covered the story Ayϙ Adéné recognized a friend he had met ten years ago. That’s Michael. Splashed on the front page of the dailies, he's the first in a queue of 42 gay men who were arrested by the police in Nigeria this week. White singlet. White, like the long white garment that flowed to his ankles when I saw him. Almost ten... On Saturday the 29th of July 2017 the Nigerian police arrested 42 LGBT persons at a party in Owode Onirin in Lagos State. On a picture in one of the...
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This year's Afrovibes trade mark logo is designed by illustrator, photographer and art director Modise 'Blackdice' Sepeng from Alexandra, Johannesburg. As he writes in his bio his works 'simplistically adapts liberation heroes like Steve Biko and Madiba to current con texts of cool.' Modise says his works “look like a post-colonial coat style, and a mash up of Pan-Africanism and punk rock fused with pop art and hip-hop. (It) reflects on the transitional process of South Africans and the need to... This year's Afrovibes trade mark logo is designed by illustrator, photographer and art director Modise 'Blackdice' Sepeng from Alexandra, Johannesburg....
Evelyn Groenink and Bart Luirink
Siba Nkumbi and her South African friends, members of Zanele Muholi's crew, don’t doubt it: the airbnb owner who pushed Nkumbi down the stairs in Amsterdam on Saturday July 8th is a racist. Immediately, social media are full of denial. The women “judge too quickly.” They were in the wrong because they checked out late. It could just as well have been a white woman. The latter however is very unlikely. Because this is exactly what it is about racism: that apparently impulsive action -in this case... Siba Nkumbi and her South African friends, members of Zanele Muholi's crew, don’t doubt it: the airbnb owner who pushed Nkumbi down the stairs in...
Bart Luirink
Last Friday's opening of Zanele Muholi's exhibition at the Amsterdam Stedelijk Museum saw hundreds of art lovers and friends of the South African 'visual activist' attending the ceremony. Next to observing Muholi’s amazing works, the crowd also witnessed impressive performances by members of Muholi's ‘Analyzer’ crew and Phila Mbanjwa. Shrouded in a South African flag, Muholi thanked the museum for making her 'coming out again.’ In her opening speech she underlined the motives behind her work, which... Last Friday's opening of Zanele Muholi's exhibition at the Amsterdam Stedelijk Museum saw hundreds of art lovers and friends of the South African 'visual...
Muno Gedi
A transnational investigation by the African Investigative Publishing Collective “I wake up every day ready to fight to survive” The Shebelle river flows into Somalia from Ethiopia, through the regional capital Beledweyne further into the Hiran region, down to Buluboorde and beyond. Many farmers tend crops of maize, wheat, millet and peas on the land alongside it. But the cattle in the area need food too, and often herders allow them to feed on the green saplings, which the farmers can’t allow. As... A transnational investigation by the African Investigative Publishing Collective “I wake up every day ready to fight to survive” The Shebelle river flows...
Benon Herbert Oluka
A transnational investigation by the African Investigative Publishing Collective The mini-arms races of the Karamoja Sitting on his three-legged stool at a watering point in Naput village in Moroto district, not too far from the Uganda-Kenya border, Moruita Lukotomoi says he once killed three men. “They had come to steal our cows, but we fought them and kept our cattle safe.” That was in the early 1990s. But nowadays, after a period in which the Ugandan army disarmed the Karamojong cattle herding... A transnational investigation by the African Investigative Publishing Collective The mini-arms races of the Karamoja Sitting on his three-legged stool at...
Anas Aremeyaw Anas and Ohemeng Tawiah
A transnational investigation by the African Investigative Publishing Collective "We are in a national security crisis." The road to Empaemu in Kwahu East district in Ghana has narrowed so that only motorbikes can pass. Ruins of homes made of mud and bricks have been washed away with no sign of their owners. A basic school which used to boast of over 200 pupils houses only rodents now. Nana Kwaku Ansong (58), traditional ruler of Empaemu and his subjects have become refugees in their own lands.... A transnational investigation by the African Investigative Publishing Collective "We are in a national security crisis." The road to Empaemu in Kwahu...
Theophilus Abbah
A transnational investigation by the African Investigative Publishing Collective “Lack of clear authority” left the time bomb ticking since the 1950s BENUE STATE, NIGERIA, February 2017 70-year-old Chief Godwin Onah, the paramount ruler of Agatu in Benue State, talks of the destruction of both his palace and his community. “I’ve been homeless for three years now. I live with friends.” Nostalgically recalling the olden days when “my father and nomadic Fulani herdsmen exchanged mangoes in the farms,”... A transnational investigation by the African Investigative Publishing Collective “Lack of clear authority” left the time bomb ticking since the 1950s...
ZAM
A team of five reporters criss-crossed through West and East Africa on the trail of the herdsmen. Theophilus Abbah visited razed farms, a displaced persons camp, was present at a hopeful peace meeting at a traditional leader’s palace in Zamfara in Nigeria’s north, and visited destroyed communities and homeless Chiefs in Benue state in the south. Muno Gedi travelled all over the drought-stricken Hiran region in Somalia from Buuloburde to Mahasi district to find that herdsmen and farmer clashes are... A team of five reporters criss-crossed through West and East Africa on the trail of the herdsmen. Theophilus Abbah visited razed farms, a displaced...
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NIGERIA Theophilus Abbah is the managing editor of the Nigerian Daily Trust and an award-winning investigative journalist of over twenty years experience. He has won FAIR’s pan-African Editor's Courage Award and was a finalist in the international Daniel Pearl as well as the Nigerian Wole Soyinka investigative journalism awards. He was a Bloomberg/Africa Leadership Initiative (ALI) Media Fellow and participated in the “Pirates, plunderers and corrupt tycoons” transnational investigation... NIGERIA Theophilus Abbah is the managing editor of the Nigerian Daily Trust and an award-winning investigative journalist of over twenty years...
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A selection of articles that were published in partnerschip with the ZAM/AIPC network LATEST partnerships: Co-publications on 'Greener Pastures': South Africa's City Press: www.pressreader.com/south-africa/citypress/20170625/281947427856155 Ghana's New Crusading Guide: http://bit.ly/2u4fhGK ​Uganda's Observer: www.documentcloud.org/documents/3891446-Page-32.html Co-Publications and collaborations on 'How Aid Helps the Rich get Richer': South Africa's City Press:... A selection of articles that were published in partnerschip with the ZAM/AIPC network LATEST partnerships: Co-publications on 'Greener Pastures': South...
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The AIPC got quite a bit of publicity from the release of its first investigation of 2017. Was the 2016 series already successful, with worldwide mentions and two chapters in a soon-to-be-released US-made reference book about African investigative journalism, the 2017 series is being co-published by respected media houses in Spain, Belgium, the Netherlands, South Africa, Ghana, Uganda and Kenya. A range of investigative journalism and development aid experts have commented on and retweeted the... The AIPC got quite a bit of publicity from the release of its first investigation of 2017. Was the 2016 series already successful, with worldwide...
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The AIPC Transnational Investigation Team “Helping the rich get richer” 2017 CAMEROON Chief Bisong Etahoben is a Cameroonian investigative journalist and former editor-in-chief of the Weekly Post newspaper. He also writes for international media and has participated in several transnational investigations, of which “Killing Soccer in Africa,” www.theguardian.com/football/2010/oct/24/football-corruption-cameroon-nigeria-ivory-coast , “The Demonic Universe”... The AIPC Transnational Investigation Team “Helping the rich get richer” 2017 CAMEROON Chief Bisong Etahoben is a Cameroonian investigative journalist and...