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Women in Blue Berets

23 May 2007 | 11:07 | English | Leave a comment (one)
UN-patrol in Bukavu, Eastern CongoThe first all female UN-unit in Liberia gathers a lot of media attention. The women peacekeepers from India arrived in the African country early this year. The Dutch newspaper de Volkskrant runs a story on these women in blue berets this morning. As police women they preserve order in the capital of Monrovia. They don't appear to be impressed by this task. 'Kashmir is more dangerous', says one of them. The new issue of MS Magazine contains an article of mine on the role of women in the UN-mission in Congo. 'Mwasi kitoko!'
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Finished!

22 May 2007 | 15:32 | English | Leave a comment
Working outfit; flanel pyjamas in quite unfashionable baby blueAfter six months in seclusion - more or less - it's finally done! I finished writing my book. Apart from corrections, proof sheets and the thanks to page, that is. Een nacht in een vijzel will appear in Dutch end of August. Time for real life to start again. I already had my first interview and I need to prepare for my trip to Angola this Summer.

Woman Farmer of the Year

09 May 2007 | 09:14 | English | Leave a comment
Farmer Hanna Uangui Nderitu (65) in Nakuru, West-KenyaUntil recently women in Swaziland had the same right as minors. But the small Southern African country starts to realize that it cannot do without it's women. A woman behind the plow used to be considered bad luck, but the world's highest HIV/AIDS infection rate has left many farms in the hands of women. To give these women a thumbs up, the Swazi government announced a 'Woman Farmer of the Year' competition. A competition that could easily be held in the whole of Africa, for all over the continent it's mostly the women who work the fields.

Vultures

06 May 2007 | 12:06 | English | Leave a comment
Zambia, February 2006Forget about hedge funds - the real vampires of the money business do their shopping in the Third World. Vulture funds buy debts of developing countries for a discount and later claim back a much larger sum from the country in debt. As is the case in Zambia. This country has to pay sixteen million US Dollars to Donegal International, a fund based in the British Virgin Islands. Equalling the cost of two months of public health care in the Southern-African country. No wonder we're getting nowhere with debt relief.