"But being right, even morally right, isn't everything. It is also important to be competent, to be consistent, and to be knowledgeable. It's important for your soldiers and diplomats to speak the language of the people you want to influence. It's important to understand the ethnic and tribal divisions of the place you hope to assist."
Thursday, January 13, 2011
Zanzibar Chest Chronicles Continue
My complete notes are here.
Denard was particularly fond of the scent of ‘ylang-ylang’ which was a plant used to make perfume.
Hartley recounts climbing a volcano in Comoros and looking down on the island: “the beauty made me catch my breath.”
Rwanda account. ‘Kidogo’ means child soldier. After arriving at the front line in Rwanda in Oct 1990 Hartley comments “This has to be the biggest story in the world.”
“No story is worth dying for.” Jonathan Clayton to Aiden in Ethiopia, March 1991.
Jonathan is Hartley’s first mentor in the journalism trade and from the links above, he is still at it.
In speaking about the rebellion to overthrow the tyrant Mengistu Haile Mariam, he said they were inspired by (among other people) Orde Wingate, a British guerilla warfare expert who led the WWII invasion against the fascists in Abyssinia.
Some interesting sounding books on the Wingate mentioned above.
Issayas Afeworki and Meles Zenawi come out on top amongst the rebels in Ethiopia.
“wat” is a hot chile sauce eaten with pancakes of sour “injera” bread. Injera is made out of the local “teff” grain.
Gibbon writes in The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire that Ethiopians had “slept a thousand years, forgetful of the world by whom they were forgotten.”