Opinion

Dozos and Other Irregulars

Controversy arose in Côte d'Ivoire in early 2011 over the participation of dozo hunters in the battle between Laurent Gbagbo and Alassane Ouattara. ... In April, the United Nations mission in Côte d'Ivoire accused dozos of having participated in the massacre of at least 330 people in the western town of Duékoué. Dozos were fighting on behalf of Alassane Ouattara. Then in July, Amnesty International followed suite, accused dozos of having constituted a militia during the rebellion and of participating in ongoing intimidation and atrocities against civilian populations in the western region of the country. The news gave me cause for concern.

Rooting around in the past: African heritage tourism gains strength

"Watching Kunte Kinte's story unfold had a profound impact on my developing sense of identity" says Ade Akinboyewa of the television serialisation ... of Arthur Haley's 1976 best-selling novel Roots. As a young black boy growing up in the white suburbs of South London he had never really thought deeply about slavery and how it had shaped him. "For the first time something that had always been opaque and unspoken was suddenly made real."