The highly intelligent and well respected BBC security correspondent Frank Gardner puts forward an interesting and disturbing possibility of the recent ISIS gains in Eastern Syria and Western Iraq as the new Jihadistan
I had the extraordinary privilege (and luck!) to attend and photograph one of the world’s most positive and greatest recent historical events; when Nelson Mandela was released from Victor Verster prison in Paarl on Monday 12 February 1990 followed by his raptuous welcome to City Hall in Cape Town and his first ever public speech to the tens of thousands of mainly black South Africans that thronged the city…an incredible day!
I was physically shaking as I photographed the day (fortunately a clear bright one, so no camera shake!) .
Here is the framed front page from the Argus newspaper breaking the news of this great day, which has been proudly displayed on my office wall ever since. I will post a handful of the photos I took very soon.
God bless you Nelson Mandela, may your legacy bring eventual peace to the entire continent of Africa – AMANDLA!
BBC World Affairs editor, John Simpson, reviews his recent visit to Erbil, capital of the self-autonomous Iraqi Kurdistan, 2014’s safe and emerging travel destination
A BBC article about the UNESCO Heritage site of Butrint and the challenges the Albanians face in its preservation
One of the main highlights of my November tour to SE Turkey is the fascinating site of Gobekli Tepe. You can read here why now is the time to visit before the hordes arrive
This Channel 4 link answers some of the key questions about the difference between Sunni and Shia Islam and alarmingly, the politics on what is happening and why, in Syria…….
I know that many of you who have visited Ethiopia feel the need to give something back in return for the enormous pleasure it provides as a travel destination. I feel very much the same. In 2008 I joint sponsored a very bright young lady who needed help financially to train as a nurse, and who now, five years later, is training others as a result. Today, 23 year old Genet Amare (below) from Lalibela needs similar help. Her circumstances are more desperate. She has tragically lost all her family members – her parents from disease, her brother from fighting in the war against Eritrea and most recently she lost her sister in a terrible accident. Genet is a single mother and moved to Bahar Dar to find work but because her education was cut short, her English is poor and so her chances of finding reasonably paid work is very limited. She desperately wants to train as a nurse and help others, but she needs to develop her English before she can begin her nurse training
With logistical assistance from my local Addis Ababa based agent who is acting as ‘guardian’, I have provided enough financial support to cover Genet’s immediate expenses and fees to enable her to start her English studies but need to raise funds in order to help continue to support her over the next two years. I am looking at a sponsored South Downs walk locally in the summer but any one-off or monthly donations, however small, would literally be a life-changer and be received with enormous gratitude by Genet. I can personally guarantee that every single penny received would go to help Genet achieve her dream. Thank you.
Account Name: Patrick Syder (The Genet Amare Fund)
Account Number : 48278068
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