Victoria Brittain

Chiluba’s high-life in high heels

Zambia's former president was known for his corruption and taste in shoes.

A tale of two breakfasts

Presidents, prime ministers -- how universally they hate to step down from power. Long after most of their people and colleagues wish they would go, they hang on, convinced that the country still needs them. Fraser Grace's play about Zimbabwe in 2001, currently on stage in London, resonates with Britain in 2006.

Rwanda confounds its critics

While people across the world have been vowing this month that genocide, as took place in Rwanda 10 years ago, must never be allowed to happen again, two countries in Africa -- Côte d'Ivoire and Sudan - stand on the brink of new social and political catastrophes from ethnically manipulated contests for land and power.

Sex crimes haunt Sierra Leone

Widespread and systematic sexual violence during a decade of war in Sierra Leone was committed on a far larger scale than the highly visible amputations for which the country became notorious, according to a new report from Human Rights Watch (HRW).

Annan says world leaders have failed children

United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan told world leaders on Wednesday that they had failed deplorably to meet promises made 12 years ago to improve the lot of children

Memory and loss

What was it about South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) that so captured collective imaginations far beyond South Africa?

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