Mama Koko and the Hundred Gunmen: An Ordinary Family’s Extraordinary Tale of Love, Loss, and Survival in Congo

Driven through her family’s devastating losses, Congolese expatriate Francisca Thelin embarks, with human rights activist Lisa J. Shannon, on a dangerous trip again to her cherished fatherland, now less than the shadow of 1 of Africa’s so much feared militias—Joseph Kony’s Lord’s Resistance military. With gunmen camped on the fringe of city, Francisca is compelled to stand a paralyzing conflict among her lifestyles in the US and her family’s swiftly evaporating world—and the truth that their rush to her family’s reduction may possibly backfire.

Mama Koko and the Hundred Gunmen weaves Francisca’s trip with tales of the family’s harrowing encounters with gunmen and stories from their prior to create a brilliant, illuminating portrait of a spot and its humans. We pay attention of Mama Koko’s adolescence as a gap-toothed attractiveness plotting to flee her inevitable destiny of spouse and motherhood; of Papa Alexander’s empire of other halves, each one of whom he married simply because she cooked and wiped clean and made strong espresso; and of Francisca’s idyllic adolescence, while she ran barefoot throughout the family’s espresso plantation gorging herself on mangoes and fish that “were the scale of small children.”

Offering compelling testimony to the energy of the human spirit and the wonderful thing about human connection within the darkest of instances, Mama Koko and the Hundred Gunmen additionally explores what it skill and calls for to really make a distinction in an unjust and infrequently violent world.

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The Congo and the Cameroons (Penguin Great Journeys)

Contemptuous of Europe's 'civilising challenge' in Africa, Mary Kingsley's (1862-1900) impressive trips via tropical west Africa are a notable list, either one of a global which has vanished and of a author and explorer of huge bravery, wit and humanity. Paddling via mangrove swamps, heading off crocodiles, mountain climbing Mount Cameroon, Kingsley is either admirable and humorous. "Great trips" permits readers to commute either round the planet and again in the course of the centuries - but in addition again into principles and worlds scary, ruthless and vicious in several methods from our personal. Few interpreting reports can start to fit that of attractive with writers who observed dazzling issues: nice civilizations, partitions of ice, violent and implacable jungles, deserts and mountains, multitudes of birds and plant life new to technological know-how. analyzing those books is to determine the area afresh, to rediscover a time while many cultures have been really unusual to one another, the place legends and tales have been taken care of as proof and within which rather a lot was once nonetheless to be found.

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Churchill and the Mad Mullah of Somaliland

By Roy Irons

Within the overdue 19th century, the British Empire commanded the seas and possessed an unlimited Indian Empire, in addition to different vast dominions in South East Asia, Australasia, the USA and Africa.

To safe the exchange path to the glittering riches of the orient, the port of Berbera in Somaliland was once taken from the feeble seize of an Egyptian monarch, and to safe that port, treaties have been concluded with the fierce and warlike nomad tribes who roamed the inhospitable wastes of the hinterland, unequivocally granting them 'the gracious favour and safeguard of the Queen'. yet there arose in that desolate tract a guy of deep and unalterable convictions; the Sayyid, the 'Mad Mullah', who utilised his nice poetic and oratorical presents with cruel and unrelenting fury to persuade his fellow nomads to persist with him in an anti- Christian and anti-colonial campaign. At nice cost, 4 Imperial expeditions have been despatched to weigh down him and to help his terrified rivals; 4 instances the army genius of the Sayyid eluded them.

It was once at this element that the emerging voice of Winston Churchill confident his Liberal colleagues to desert the pricy contest and retreat to the coast. through this betrayal, one 3rd of the British 'protected' inhabitants perished.

It wasn't until eventually after the nice warfare that Churchill, now Minister for either conflict and Air, in addition to an immense impression within the upward thrust of Air strength, was once capable of redeem this betrayal. The half he performed within the destruction of the Sayyid's temporal energy at this element was once large, and the maintenance of the Royal Air strength used to be additionally secured. via unleashing Sir Hugh Trenchard and giving his blessing to a lightning crusade, his unique betrayal was once thought of to be redeemed partially and his honour belatedly and inexpensively restored.

In this spell binding quantity, Roy Irons brings to existence this era of dynamic unrest, drawing jointly a couple of old bills of the time in addition to an evocative number of illustrative fabrics, together with maps and pics of the most avid gamers on the leading edge of the motion. Personalities reminiscent of Carton de Wiart, Lord Ismay, and the a lot adorned Sir John 'Johnny' Gough, VC, KCB, CHG characteristic, as do the vaunted Camel Corps, during this eminently well-researched narrative account of this eventful and debatable episode of worldwide history.

As featured in Essence journal.

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Appointment in Zambia: A Trans-African Adventure

By Sara Dunn

'We may perhaps continuously cross overland now that we've got wheels,' Ross had prompt immediately. I'd pulled out an atlas and we'd traced a path down via Africa through nations nonetheless marked with their colonial names. basically strips of water interrupted the circulation of land among Edinburgh and Chingola; the English Channel and the Straits of Gibraltar. Fourteen months had handed considering that Neil Armstrong walked at the moon so Africa couldn't be that tricky, may perhaps it? A month later we boarded the ferry for Calais...In 1970 newly-weds Ross and Sara trigger, with notable naivety and a scarcity of right training, to force from Edinburgh to Zambia in a regular saloon automobile. Appointment in Zambia is the tale in their epic automobile trip. Sara used to be 21 (and couldn't force) and Ross was once 23 once they and their fresh Hillman Hunter (in 'Golden Sand', a color selected ahead of they'd opted to force throughout the Sahara...) began. For 8 weeks, in a visit of over 20 000 kms, they slept within the automobile, coped with ailment and appeared up the barrel of rifles from the incorrect finish. except the automobile their basically expertise used to be a compass. Their trip encompassed the Sahara, the place that they had to dig themselves out of hassle with Tupperware bins. additionally they braved war-torn Biafra, navigated storm-wrecked roads via equatorial forests and traversed the most tributary of the Congo River (on a raft cobbled including dug-out canoes by way of locals). They met lepers, pygmies, drunken officers, prostitutes and missionaries whereas their trip took them throughout thirteen international locations with broadly diverse frontiers, customs, currencies and language prior to they reached Chingola - simply in time for Ross to begin his new task. Appointment in Zambia is a special tackle an epic trip - a tender couple and their uncomplicated vehicle go back and forth acrosss Africa, no longer simply because they wish to problem themselves and end up whatever, yet simply because they come to a decision it's easy methods to get to a brand new activity in Zambia.

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By Carole French

Utilizing certain maps, cutaways, flooring plans and colour highway Finder, navigate your means round the sprawling Medinas and luxurious historical city structure whereas professional suggestions offer you the easiest lodges, eating places and nightlife. absorb the unending flavors of the rustic with attractions, seashores, markets and fairs indexed quarter by means of sector, city through city. And with targeted gains explaining every thing from the old cultural mixture of Berber, African and Arabic peoples, to info of the numerous historical Kasbahs, mosques and colourful Souks, this complete consultant will not allow you to down.

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The Ethiopian Revolution 1974-1987: A Transformation from an Aristocratic to a Totalitarian Autocracy (LSE Monographs in International Studies)

By Andargachew Tiruneh

This booklet is the main complete account of the Ethiopian revolution at the moment on hand, facing nearly the complete span of the innovative government's existence. specific emphasis is put on successfully keeping apart and articulating the factors and results of the revolution. Dr. Tiruneh makes vast use of basic assets written within the nationwide professional language, and is the 1st Ethiopian nationwide to put in writing in this topic. This publication is therefore a different account of a desirable interval, shooting the temper of the revolution as by no means earlier than, but firmly grounded in scholarship.

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No Longer at Ease

By Chinua Achebe

The second one ebook in Achebe’s “African trilogy”: A vintage tale of non-public and ethical fight in addition to turbulent social conflict.

while Obi Okonkwo—grandson of Okonkwo, the most personality in Things Fall Apart—returns to Nigeria from England within the Fifties, his overseas schooling separates him from his African roots. He’s changing into part of a ruling elite whose corruption he reveals repugnant. compelled to select from conventional values and the calls for of a altering global, he unearths himself trapped among the expectancies of his relations, his village, and the bigger society round him. With unequaled readability and poignancy, Chinua Achebe’s No Longer comfortable remains a super assertion of the demanding situations dealing with Nigeria this present day.

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Elephants on the Edge: What Animals Teach Us about Humanity

By G. A. Bradshaw

Drawing on money owed from India to Africa and California to Tennessee, and on examine in neuroscience, psychology, and animal habit, G. A. Bradshaw explores the minds, feelings, and lives of elephants. Wars, hunger, mass culls, poaching, and habitat loss have decreased elephant numbers from greater than ten million to some hundred thousand, leaving orphans bereft of the elders who would routinely mentor them. subsequently, traumatized elephants became competitive opposed to humans, different animals, or even each other; their habit is similar to that of people who've skilled genocide, different sorts of violence, and social cave in. by means of exploring the elephant brain and adventure within the wild and in captivity, Bradshaw bears witness to the breakdown of historical elephant cultures.

All isn't misplaced. individuals are operating to save lots of elephants by way of rescuing orphaned babies and rehabilitating grownup zoo and circus elephants, utilizing an analogous ideas psychologists practice in treating people who've survived trauma. Bradshaw urges us to help those and different versions of elephant restoration and to resolve urgent social and environmental crises affecting all animals, human or not.

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Christian the Lion

By Anthony Bourke

"In 1971 we wrote A Lion referred to as Christian, the tale of a lion from London who again to Africa. 40 years later, the Internet's YouTube has brought a brand new global viewers to Christian." ―Ace Bourke and John Rendall

Through many formerly unseen images, this photo ebook follows Christian as he grew from a tiny ball of fur right into a majestic lion. here's the magnificent tale of the extraordinary trip to take Christian again to the wild.

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UNESCO General History of Africa, Volume 7: Africa under Colonial Domination 1880-1935

Quantity VII of the UNESCO common historical past of Africa examines the interval of partition, conquest and profession from the start of the ‘European Scramble for Africa’ to the Italian fascist invasion of Ethiopia in 1935. during the quantity, the point of interest is directed in the direction of the responses of Africans themselves to the problem of colonialism.

The first chapters survey African attitudes and readiness at the eye of the colonial period, and the heritage to ecu imperial objectives. the subsequent seven chapters talk about African tasks and reactions within the face of partition and conquest as much as the 1st international conflict. A common assessment is by means of extra targeted local analyses.

Chapters thirteen to 21 problem the effect of monetary and social points of colonial structures in Africa from 1919 until eventually 1935: the operation of the colonial financial system within the former French, Belgian, Portuguese and British zones and North Africa; the emergence of latest social buildings and demographic styles and the function of faith and the humanities in Africa in the course of the colonial interval. the ultimate part strains the expansion of anti-colonial hobbies, the strengthening of African political nationalism and the interplay among black Africa and blacks of the hot global. Liberia and Ethiopia are mentioned in unique chapters.

Each bankruptcy is illustrated with black and white pictures, maps and figures. The textual content is totally annotated and there's an in depth bibliography of works with regards to the interval.

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