Lessons from the sub-Saharan past on how to deal with pandemics

by Rashmee

Posted on May 23, 2020


Ever wondered how humans in Africa hundreds of years ago protected themselves from pandemics? The BBC World Service’s ‘Science in Action’ programme offered an answer, in a fascinating conversation with Professor Shadreck Chirikure, Head of the Department of Archaeology at the University of Cape Town. Communities practised social distancing, the Professor said, by dispersing settlements, … Continue reading “Lessons from the sub-Saharan past on how to deal with pandemics”

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Angola, Zimbabwe, now South Africa? Africa’s new mania for orderly change

by Rashmee

Posted on February 12, 2018


Today’s ANC meeting in South Africa is simply remarkable. It illustrates the mania for orderly change that appears to be sweeping the African continent. First, Angola’s president José Eduardo dos Santos stepped aside after 38 years in power. Then Robert Mugabe, one of Africa’s longest-serving and oldest leaders, was forced out of office without bloodshed … Continue reading “Angola, Zimbabwe, now South Africa? Africa’s new mania for orderly change”

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#Zimbabwe: The coup de Grace that wasn’t. Echoes of Egypt?

by Rashmee

Posted on November 16, 2017


From Harare, capital of Zimbabwe, the country’s generals have been firm about how to read their actions of Tuesday night. It’s not a coup, they said. Major-General Sibusiso Moyo said the action was “not a military takeover of government” but a temporary act to prevent conflict. Mr “Mugabe, and his family are safe and sound … Continue reading “#Zimbabwe: The coup de Grace that wasn’t. Echoes of Egypt?”

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Rashmee has lived and worked in several countries in the past decade, including Afghanistan, India, Haiti, Tunisia, the UAE, US and UK