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What About Us? BLM & The Scourge of Colonialism

The scourge of colonialism has never gone away. Many of us Brits know too little about this dark chapter in our history, yet it lingers in every corner of the previously colonised world today. Colonialism was a collection of acts so heinous that it condemned millions around the world to lives of servitude and assimilation. The colonisers pillaged their way through so called ‘uncivilised’ nations, denouncing their cultures and beliefs as ‘savage,’ before systemically imposing Western ideology, religion and culture on the unsuspecting populations. Nowhere was colonialism so pronounced than on the continent of Africa. In the late 19th century, the ‘Scramble for Africa’ gained momentum and left almost no corner of the vast continent untouched by the colonisers. The...

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Tie Up The Lion: An Insight Into Voluntourism

Did you know that Ross has published a book about volunteering in Africa? You can download it from Amazon here. The book is a result of much of the research that Ross carried out over a two year period into the world of ‘Voluntourism.’ He also reflects on the time that he spent in Uganda as a voluntourist and tries to encourage young people to avoid placements in developing countries that often, inadvertently, do more harm than good. To download Tie Up The Lion as an e-book, or to buy a copy for yourself, you can do so via Amazon. A full description of the book can be found below: Thinking of traveling the world or volunteering abroad? You might...

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What have we been reading with our coffee in April?

Long Walk To Freedom By Nelson Mandela A book that needs little introduction. If I could sum it up in a short quotation from the author himself, it would be the following: "I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die." At just over 750 pages, it's a long read, but it's an incredibly important one. During this COVID-19 lock down, I've had a good opportunity to read literature that's been crying out to be read for a long time. Madiba's book...

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