Saturday, December 20, 2014

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Interview with James Brabazon

It’s a routine observation that journalists never give Africa a fair shake of the dice: they’re only ever there for the famines and wars. James Brabazon is a journalist who made his career in Africa, first in Sierra Leone and Liberia, and then in Zimbabwe and DRC. His book My Friend the Mercenary: A Memoir (Canongate, 2010), is about a friendship that grew up with an unlikely figure – a white mercenary and former colonel in the apartheid-era South African special forces – and how he was almost caught up in a failed coup in Equatorial Guinea that saw this unlikely friend spend six years in one of the continent’s worst prisons.

This podcast was originally published at New Books in African Studies.