The use of the khat leaves is in some countries forbidden, at other places the use of khat is a national passtime, surrounded by rituals, a way of life. When the United Kingdom decided to ban the use of khat, the khat farmers in Kenya were very angry. They saw a loss, an immense loss … Continue reading EATING THE FLOWERS OF PARADISE


I just finished a brilliant book, written by the American investigative journalist Andrew Rice. In this book I found three lines of investigation that all come together: * the story of Duncan Laki who searches for his father Eliphaz Laki who disappeared during the reign of president Idi Amin. He was a chief in Ankole. … Continue reading THE TEETH MAY SMILE BUT THE HEART DOES NOT FORGET

a cultural weapon?

How independent are journalists? They make a living from their writing. They uphold their families. They have their personal ideas about their topics and wider society. What did happen in the political scene in South Africa and the many decades that passed by? How independent were journalist who worked for the apartheid-press?  A book has … Continue reading a cultural weapon?

power outage in nigeria inspired

Never Expect Power Always (=NEPA). At times the Nigerian Power Authority leaves people in the dark. It happend to the French journalist Pierre Cherruau when he worked in Nigeria. No electricity, no light, so what to do?  Pierre decided to light acandle, take a piece of paper and he started writing up till he finished … Continue reading power outage in nigeria inspired

the path of the snake

Many stories have been told about the dreadful disease Ebola. Stories about the origin of it (this is not the first Ebola-outbreak). Stories about heroism. Stories about panicking patients. Stories about promised money not given.  Here you find a story, about a female journalist who travels to Sierra Leone. 

inside story of a sa’s jailed drug

When I think of international drugtrafficking I think of Latin American countries, for instance C0lombia. But let us not forget South Africa.  Hazel Friedman, who is a journalist, did thorough research into the role of South Africa in the world of drugtrafficking. She travelled to the Asian country Thailand to see how the mules are … Continue reading inside story of a sa’s jailed drug