Modal Edit



Disaster game-plan

Producing and using knowledge about disaster risk is far from straightforward. Games can help.
from Overseas Development Institute on Apr 20, 2014.

Putting a new face on racism

Anglo-Saxons respect manliness, militarism and power. In Britain, for example, the natives admire Sikhs and Gurkhas – martial peoples – and scorn meek, poetry-loving Bengalis (few Brits know anything about the bravery of the Bangladesh independence struggle).
from OneWorld on Apr 18, 2014.

Recommended event


Covered by OneWorld


From the editor


* Last week’s Unreported World on Channel 4 – a report on Baghdad’s Music and Ballet School - was both inspiring and worrying.


Inspirational because of the commitment of parents and students to persevering with training in subjects that arouse such opposition that they have to keep attendance secret from neighbours.


“Ballet makes me feel I’m in a different world,” said the star pupil.


She wants to go abroad to continue training in order to get away from those who consider it sinful.


A parent recalls hearing about a particular official in the ministry of education who, when passing the school, “turns his face the other way”.


A teacher and some of the parents spoke in the privacy of their homes about their commitment to the arts and their sadness about the rise of fundamentalism which made dance and music dangerous.


It was fascinating and moving. But the TV camera made their privacy meaningless. Did they – to say nothing of the dancer, the pianist and the teacher who were also interviewed in the programme – fully understand the risks of talking to camera?


Yes, the programme would be screened in another country, and not in Iraq, but that doesn’t cover how easily this and other programmes can be recorded and sent back to Iraq or seen on the Internet. It’s great – even heroic – that people speak out against censorship and intolerance, but I am increasingly worried that they are not always properly informed or aware of the potential impact.

* Unreported World

+ To sample Iraqi art in London try Welcome to Iraq, featuring works by 11 artists, almost all of whom live and work in Iraq. It’s free at the South London Gallery, 65-67 Peckham Road, SE5, until 1 June.

+ A welcome from Iraq

* Coming up on screen: some interesting one-offs, including Aleppo. Notes From the Dark; two films marking the anniversary of the Rwandan genocide; nd Abu Haraz, a doc filmed over several years about a desert village affected by construction of a large dam on the Nile.


Rwanda in Photographs: Death Then, Life Now, at Somerset House until 30 April

* Right: Andrew Esiebo's picture from the exhibition Rwanda in Photographs: Death Then, Life Now, which is at Somerset House until the end of the month.


* On stage, Oh My Sweet Land is a moving monologue that tackles the topic of Syrian refugees, while Privacy looks at the digital age and the implications of government possession of so much information about us. The curtain is about to go up on Grounded, about a pregnant F16 fighter pilot in the US who now remotely controls drones over Pakistan, and  My Name Is … , a new play about a daughter who disappears from her Scottish home, apparently kidnapped by her Pakistani father, 


Illustration: Coming up in May at the Southbank Centre: Pakistan - What Else You Need To Know, a day of  discussion about the country of Pakistan, curated by author Kamila Shamsie.

Lahore Fort


Daniel Nelson






Tuesday 22 April 

* Egypt’s Roadmap, Khalid Abdalla and others, 7pm, £12.50, Frontline Club, 13 Norfolk Place, W2. Info: 7479 8940/

* 50 Years of FeminismLaura Bates,  Beatrix Campbell,  Melissa Benn and Lesley Abdela, 7pm, free, Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road. Info: 7813 7498/ 

* Art and Revolution/ Art and Politics: an overview, Marie-Anne Mancio, 10.45am, £44, The University Women's Club, 2 Audley Square, W1. Info:


Wednesday 23 April

* Drax demo, outside the Drax AGM to call for an end to big biomass and coal and for an end to subsidies, 12 noon, Grocers’ Hall, Princes Street, EC2. Info: Biofuel Watch

* I want to work in Africa, book launch with Frances Mensah Williams, Onyekachi Wambu, Ike Anya, 6-8pm, School of Oriental and African Studies, Thornhaugh Street, WC1. Info: Registration


Thursday 24 April

* Contemporary Somali Culture, Nadifa Mohamed, Ismail Einashe, Rashid Ali, 7-8pm, The Mosaic Rooms, Tower House, 226 Cromwell Road, SW5. Info: 

* The Faces of Our City: Stories of Migration Past and Present, launch plus panel discussion , Jackie Minor, Jean Lambert, 6-8pm, Europe House, 32 Smith Square, SW1. Info: Launch

* Fashion Revolution Day, JP Flintoff, Orsola de Castro, Carry Somers, Amisha Ghadiali marking the anniversary of the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh, 7.30-9pm, £12/£10, Somerset House, Strand. Info: 

* Hybrid capitalism and the development of a welfare state in Asia, Lawrence Saez, 6pm, School of Oriental and African Studies, Thornhaugh Street, WC1. Info: 7898 4933

Work - Are you worth what you earn?, Helen Kersley, 7.30pm, £10, The Cockpit, Gateforth Street, NW8. Info: 7258 2925


Friday 25 April

* Robot reporter: Journalism in the Age of Automation and Big Data, Emily Bell, 6.30-8pm, £8/£6/£5, 98 British Library, Euston Road, NW1. Info: 7412 7332


Saturday 26 April

* Hysteria, launch of second issue of periodical with Minna Salami aka MsAfropolitan, Gabriella Daris and Mushana, 6.30pm, free, Housmans Bookshop, 5 Caledonian Road, N1. Info: 7837 4473/


Monday 28 April

* Rwanda, 20 years on: Healing the Scars of Genocide, Gloriosa Bazigaga, Lord Jack McConnell, Williams Nkurunziza, Ian Palmer, Dan Smith, 6:30pm, free, The Geological Society. Info: 

* How does the biodiversity of tropical forests affect our planet?, Oliver Phillips, 6:30–8pm, The Royal Society, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, SW1. Info: 7451 2500

* Can social protection and labour programmes promote social inclusion?, Babken Babajanian, Chona Echavez, Ferdous Jahan, Jessica Hagen-Zanker, Nidhi Sadana Sabharwal, Rebecca Holmes, Tej P Adhikari, Esther Schuering, Francesca Bastagli, Gül Berna Özcan, Lucy Scott, Geoff Wood, Rachel Slater, Uwe Gehlen, 10am-4.30pm, Overseas Development Institute, 203 Blackfriars Road, SE1. Info: 7922 0300





Rwanda in Photographs: Death Then, Life Now, intimate images of everyday life in the Great Lakes that seeks to communicate the complexities of survival after mass violence. free, Somerset House, Aldwych, WC1, until 30 April. Info: Exhibition

+  It's extraordinary: it's ordinary Rwanda

+ 'Once in a generation' chance to secure Rwanda genocide reparations


* Deutsche Borse Photography Prize, the four finalists include Richard Mosse's photos from eastern Democratic Republic of Congo: shot on discontinued military surveillance film, the images render the jungle warzone in disorienting psychedelic hues, Photographers' Gallery, W1, until 22 June. Info: 0845 262 1618


Excavations, London-based, Iraqi-born artist Jananne Al-Ani focuses on Middle East landscape, archaeology and its visual representation in the West, exploring the aerial reconnaissance and mapping techniques of modern warfare while replicating the point-of view of the fighter plane or drone, free, Hayward Gallery, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, SE1, until 11 May. Info: 7960 4200


Brick Lane, photo exhibition marking launch of Phil Maxwell's new book abiout the street that continues to be one of London's centres of migration, free, Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, until Saturday 26 April. Info: 7813 7498


The Light That Pushes Me: Stories of African Peacebuilders, exhibition featuring photographs and testimonies of Quaker peacebuilders from sub-Saharan Africa, all of whom have experienced violence, Friends House, 173 Euston Road, NW1, until 9 May. Info:

+ Film series linked to exhibition: 23 AprilIcyizere - hope, doc about post-genocide reconciation, plus discussion with Laura Shipler Chico, 6.30pm; 30 AprilAfrica United, feature about  three Rwandan kids who walk 3,000 miles to the Soccer World Cup in South Africa, plus discussion with director Debs Patterson, 6.30pm


* ...Cairo Stories, a series of short video monologues with Egyptian women, 11am-5pm, free, waterside contemporary, 2 Clunbury Street, N1, until 31 May. Info:


Burnt Generation, contemporary Iranian photography, free, Somerset House, Strand, WC1, until 1 June

+ Picturing Iran's conflicted generation


Sol Calero, Laura Bartlett's installation about Latin American hair salons, free, 10 Northington Street, WC1, until 3 May. Info: 7404 9251


Welcome to Iraq, works by 11 contemporary artists, almost all of whom live and work in Iraq, originally shown at the Iraq Pavilion at the Venice Biennale, free, South London Gallery, 65-67 Peckham Road, SE5, until 1 June. Info:  7703 6120/  

+ A welcome from Iraq


Even This Will Pass, 10 blurry, unrecognisable portraits of Eritrean refugees with their sad testimonies by Aida Silvestri, free, Roman Road Project Space, 69 Roman Road, E2, to 26 April. Info: 8981 7075

Hopefully, even this will pass


Graciela Iturbidework by Mexican photographer, Tate Modern, Bankside, SE1, until 11 May. Info:  7887 8888


* Mogadisu - Lost Moderns, Somali-British architect Rashid Ali and British photographer Andrew Cross explore the Somali capital through its architecture and urban environment, from traditional African nation via colonisation and post colonialism to emergent independent state, free, The Mosaic Rooms, A.M. Qattan Foundation, Tower House, 226 Cromwell Road, SW5, until 26 April. Info: 7370 9990/ 


Freedom Has No Script, Turkish artist Burak Delier exhibits recent work and two films exploring the relationship between capitalism and art, free, Rivington Place, Rivington Street, EC2, until 17 May. Info:


London, Sugar & Slavery , permanent gallery at the Museum in Docklands, with new display that gives a snapshot of those who received compensation when slavery was abolished in the 1830s, No 1 Warehouse, E14. Info: 0870 444 3852/ 0870 444 3851/


* atmosphere: exploring climate science, free, Science Museum, South Kensington. Info: Museum


Atlantic Worlds, transatlantic slave trade gallery, National Maritime Museum, Park Row, SE1. Info: 8858 4422/ 8312 656


Eco Zone Gallery, small gallery devoted to sustainable building products and materials, The Building Centre, Store Street, WC1. Info: 7692 4000/



Image: The Island Nation is a new play set in Sri Lanka in 2009, at the culmination of a decades-long conflict. It will be performed as a rehearsed reading at the Southbank Centre on 17 May and includes a Q+A with the writer and cast

The Island Nation




Around town

Half Of A Yellow Sun, adaptation of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's superb novel about the Nigerian civil war, Odeon Panton Street, Brixton Ritzy, Edmonton Lee Valley Odeon, Hampstead Everyman, Greenwich Odeon, Kensal Rise Lexi, Kilburn Tricycle, Peckham Multiplex, 

Apples, pears and Half of a Yellow Sun

The Lunchbox, gentle Indian romcom about what happens when Mumbai's city-wide lunchbox delivery service makes a rare error, Brixton Ritzy, Chelsea Cinema, Curzon Soho, Rich Mix, Hampstead Everyman, Gate Notting Hill, Greenwich and Hackney Picturehouses, Shortwave Cinema, Whitechapel Genesis, Wimbledon HMV Curzon


Tuesday 22 April

* Chronicle of a Disappearance, comic and poignant commentary on the Israeli occupation of Palestine, part of the 'Discover Arab cinema' series, 6.20pm, BFI Southbank, Belvedere Road, SE1. Info: 7928 3535


Tuesday 22-Wednesday 23 April

* A Separation/ The Past, superb Iranian film about a couple splitting up and their teenage daughter, 6pm, followed at 8.30 by Asghar Farhadi's latest feature, about family secrets,  Riverside Studios, Crisp Road, W6. Info: 8237 1111/


Wednesday 23 April

* Icyizere - hope, doc about post-genocide reconciationin Rwanda, plus discussion with Laura Shipler Chico, 6.30pm; in connection with 'The Light That Pushes Me: Stories of African Peacebuilders' exhibition, Friends House, 173 Euston Road, NW1. Info:

* Football Rwanda, Fields of Memories, documentary that  tells the history of Rwanda through sports,  6.30-8.30pm, free, The Wiener Library, 29 Russell Square, WC1. Info:  7636 7247


Thursday 24 April

* Aleppo. Notes From the Dark, unique and poignant account of life in Aleppo from the perspective of seven of its residents, plus Q&A, with co-directors Michal Przedlacki and Wojciech Szumowski, Frontline Club, 13 Norfolk Place, W2,. Info: 7479 8940/ 

* Papusza, the story of the first Roma woman who put her poems into writing and published them, followed by Q&A with director and actress Jowita Budnik, 7pm, Riverside Studios, Crisp Road, W6. Info: 8237 1111/

* Plot for Peace, documentary about an aspect of Nelson Mandela’s release from prison featuring a protagonist straight out of a John le Carré novel, plus Q&A with Jean-Yves Ollivier, 8pm, Tricycle Cinema, 269 Kilburn High Road, NW6. Info: 7328 1000


from Thursday 24 April

* Kinoteka, Polish film festival, until 30 May. Info:Programme includes 19 May, Abu Haraz, documentary filmed over several years about a desert village affected by construction of a huge dam on the Nile, followed by Q&A with Maciej


Saturday 26 April

* Comrade President, historical portrait about an intriguing figure in African liberation, Samora Machel + Q&A, 2pm, £6, BFI Southbank, Belvedere Road, SE1. Info: 7928 3535

* Chronicle of a Disappearance, comic and poignant commentary on the Israeli occupation of Palestine, part of the 'Discover Arab cinema' series, 8.40pm, BFI Southbank, Belvedere Road, SE1. Info: 7928 3535





Oh My Sweet Land, Amir Nizar Zuabi, founder of Haifa-based theatre company ShiberHur, returns to the Young Vic with a play that explores the crisis in Syria through the stories of some of its 2 million refugees,  £10, £19.50, Young Vic, 66 The Cut, SE1, until 3 May. Info: 7922 2922

+ Bitter onions for a sweet land

Cooking up a Syrian storm

+ Coming up: Thursday 29 May, Translating the Syrian news, a panel of journalists discuss how events in Syria are reported by the international and Syrian media and how the contrast between what is presented to a domestic and global audience can be mediated, 7pm, Free Word, 60 Farringdon Road, EC1. Info: 7324 2570/


* Kingston 14, the story of a black British police officer sent to Kingston to investigate the murder of an English tourist and who uncovers corruption hidden in a corner of Jamaica, £22.50/ £5, Theatre Royal Stratford East, until 26 April. Info: The play


* Privacy, inspired by the Edward Snowden revelations, the play looks at the digital age and the implications of governments' scrutiny of our personal information, Donmar Warehouse, WC2, until 31 May. Info: 0844 871 7624 


Saturday 26 April

* Even if we lose our lives, scripted reading of piece based on the testimonies of Afghan women, 8pm, free, St Peter’s Church, St Peter’s Road, CR0 1HG. Info:


from 28 April

* Grounded, a pregnant F16 fighter pilot sits in an air-conditioned trailer in Las Vegas flying remote-controlled drones over Pakistan,  struggling through 12-hour shifts hunting terrorists by day and being a wife and mother by night, Gate Theatre, 11 Pembridge Road, W11, until 15 May. Info: 7229 0706





Monday 21 April

* 24 Hours On Earth, the relationship between sun and animals, 7pm, BBC1

* The Wonder of Bees With Martha Kearney, 8pm, BBC4

* Deep Down and Dirty - the Science of Soil, 10pm, BBC4

* Start the Week, the life of James "Gaia" Lovelock, 9am, R4

Tuesday 22 April

* Wild Britain With Ray Mears, 11.35pm, ITV

* Costing the Earth, 3.30pm, R4

Wednesday 23 April

* Costing the Earth, 9pm, R4

Friday 25 April

* Unreported World, Thailand's boy kickboxers, 7.30pm, C4

* Natural World: France - The Wild Side,  animals returned to their original habitats, 7.30pm, C4