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Archive for January 2009

Colum Wilson
Posted 28 January 2009
Last Sunday morning, N'djamena city rang with the sound of thousands of clashing pots and pans. It was a few minutes of noisy defiance in Chad's capital, an indoor expression of rage. Indoors, because when women demonstrated in the streets a few weeks ago, it turned ugly – police and soldiers had broken up the [...]

Colum Wilson
Posted 26 January 2009
The first time I visited Chad in February last year, I picked the wrong weekend. It was the weekend that the rebels reached N’djamena. The day had started normally enough – breakfast of dry pastries in the terrace restaurant overlooking the river Chari which snakes past the hotel. But by midmorning, a rebel column of [...]

Neil Squires
Posted 26 January 2009
I am just coming from a meeting with the Permanent Secretary, and Directors in the Ministry of Health. They kindly let me take a picture at the start of the meeting, which was on the 7th floor of the Ministry of Health, right next to the Permanent Secretary's office. You can see the PS, Dr. Tomo next [...]

Simon
Posted 23 January 2009
This week I went down town with our Youth Employment Adviser, Sue Lowman, and the DFID Regional Director covering Iraq, Sue Wardell, to the Basra Employment Centre, the Iraqi equivalent of a UK jobcentre.  The purpose of the trip was to meet with the DFID funded Youth Unemployment Task Force and to meet some young [...]

Neil Squires
Posted 13 January 2009
It is quiet here in Maputo at present. Christmas is the start of the summer holiday in the southern hemisphere, and many of my colleagues in government and development agencies are still on holiday. But there is quite a lot to plan for, 2009 is going to be a busy year. In February we have a [...]

Neil Squires
Posted 8 January 2009
Well, the sun has set on 2008, and what a beautiful sunset it was. My friend Marie took this picture on the 29th December from the Marginal Road overlooking Maputo Bay. I think it really captures some of the magic of living here in Maputo. There is much to inspire a person in Mozambique, from its glorious [...]