An old hand

… from the shadowlands M OCUBA | His twitch was either Tourettes or fear. He had weathered clothes, dirty hands and hungry eyes set in a well-fed face. He’d gone bush. And in this part of Mozambique the bush was everywhere. So was water, new swamp, broken trees,...

Overboard

… from the shadowlands T EGUCIGALPA | Her pencil tapping was ceaseless, adding pressure to a tiny room that didn’t need more stimulation. In her 30’s she was a premature overseas spinster. The tight bad perm, ramrod back, the brusque manner, clipped voice and...

Riding after the horsemen

I think the church’s urge to help after international emergencies or in the face of global absolute poverty needs to be tempered by humility. The frequent – and perhaps understandable – desire to do something when confronted by televised disasters...

Getting off the poor

Foreign aid overhaul in the UK Last week the new British government said that despite being almost completely broke, it wasn’t going to balance its books on the backs of the poor. In his first major speech International Development Secretary Andrew Mitchell...