Capital Crimes

  Created to unify the country, Nigeria’s capital Abuja has sown divisions between rich and poor, writes Ini Ekott   Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, is one of Africa’s most expensive cities to live in, according to a 2013 Economist Intelligence Unit report. But behind its expansive roads and upscale neighbourhoods, Abuja is home to some of [...]

Invisible Cities

  Egypt’s new rulers need to change their perception of informal urban neighbourhoods, writesKristen McTighe   Izbit Khayrallah’s main commercial street is dusty and rutted. A pool of water partially covers the dirt and gravel road. About 650,000 inhabitants live in this crowded neighbourhood perched on a rocky plateau on the southern outskirts of Cairo, [...]

Israel’s Drift Further Right

  Jerusalem recently became the latest flashpoint in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict after the war in Gaza ended in August. At the heart of the simmering tension is Israel’s nearly half-century-long occupation of the eastern part of the city and a tug of war over the most volatile bit of this contested territory — the Temple [...]

Working on the Farm, Living on the Margins

  Daniel Sambo, 47, lives in a farm cottage outside Robertson but works as a gardener in town. Jacaranda flowers carpet the streets purple in summer. When they encroach on an employer’s property, he sweeps them up. He wears blue overalls and a Nike beanie, and has a scar across the bridge of his nose, [...]

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