Saving the condemned children of Ethiopia –

Out today in the Telegraph magazine: My story about saving children from ritual infanticide in tribal Ethiopia, and Lale Labuko’s extraordinary journey from a hut to Harvard http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/ethiopia/9189136/Saving-the-condemned-children-of-Ethiopia.html

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Malagarasi River

Thanks to Rick Markell, who came to my reading in Berkeley, CA, we can see some photographs of the Malagarasi river taken in September 1896. His great uncle Heinrich Fonck spent over 10 years in what is now Tanzania, Burundi and Rwanda, ending up as the acting governor of Burundi in 1908-9. When he returned…

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Fat Possum Label Keeping Blues Alive

The offices of Fat Possum Records are located with wild incongruity between a police station and a Baptist church in the small, god-fearing town of Water Valley, Mississippi, where the lawns are deep and green and possession of beer is a criminal offence. I walk through the unmarked front door and past two weasel pelts…

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