"Couldn't there be more intercultural exchange OUR way?"

November 13, 2019

Who talks about refugees in Tanzania, and what do they say?

November 10, 2019

#SudanUprising in Copenhagen

June 23, 2019

On 26 June I moderate talks & debate on #SudanUprising in #Copenhagen.

The Sudanese artist Khalid Albaih joins via Skype.

Kindly read Khalid's article a...

Update: Everyday Poetics: Instagramming Life in East Africa in Belgrade

April 26, 2019

PHOTO EXHIBITION: EVERYDAY POETICS - INSTAGRAMMING EAST AFRICA

April 12, 2019

Owl in Tanzanian Parliament - bad omen for freedom of speech and assembly.

January 30, 2019

On 29 January, when the Tanzanian Parliament (Bunge) was assembled in Dodoma, an owl flew in and watched the assembly. The owl is seen in Tanzanian (e...

''We've died''

January 22, 2019

Bikozulu tells the stories of the people making it through last week's terror attack in Nairobi.

See the Instagram post here

If you ask me, and someti...

FILM: Wakamba Forever

January 21, 2019

Colonianism revisited:

..''a hilarious take on Masaku and McMillan’s first encounter set in the 21st century. From a dramatic re-telling of the Kamba o...

Chuchu: ''We are not the audience. We are the story''.

January 20, 2019

Two important tweet threads (see below) which take point of departure in the New York Times coverage of the Riverside terror attack on 15 January 2019...

Field Work & more

November 9, 2018

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South Supreme Airlines

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

I once had late night drinks in Juba with a pilot from South Supreme Airlines. I promised him that the airline name was meant to one day become part of a short story title. Back in 2014 it became clearer that fewer airlines would be ready to take the risk of flying domestic in South Sudan. The list of risks is long. One thing is the lack of security of the actual airplanes which are often old and outdated. The other is the insecurity of the conflict still ongoing.

 

South Supreme Airlines continued. The name of the airline, like the South Sudanese beer White Bull's slogan, 'The Taste of Progress'*, is full of volumnious confidence and promise that you don't dare pointing out the evident contrasting reality.

 

When you land after flying on a South Supreme Airlines plane you just feel so grateful for being alive. It feels like bordering a matatu. People and cargo are let into the belly of the plane from the opening once used to release bombs. The sound of the Antonov reminds most South Sudanese of the bombings by the Kharthoum-regime in the previous war. 

 

I flew with one of its Antonovs in 2015, very likely the same as crashed yesterday in Wau, an An-26Reports of survivors are mixed. 

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PhD Student, MA in African Studies, journalist and former development worker. Heart tilted towards the Balkans & East Africa: Refugees, Peripheries, Imaginaries & Humanitarianism