The Skull beneath the Skin: Africa after the Cold War

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ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

THE TEN YEARS OF EXPERIENCE that have provided the material for this book have been enriched and guided by many friends, colleagues, and acquaintances. Their advice, encouragement, and readiness to nurture me in the craft of journalism and to provide hints as to its limitless value opened my eyes to places and events in which I could have become lost but from which it became possible to emerge with a tale to tell. I will always be indebted to Michael Holman, Africa editor of the Financial Times, for first sending me to Abidjan and for encouraging me through example and advice for more than a decade. Stephen Smith, formerly of Libération and now of Le Monde, inspired me always to step a little closer to the story I sought to tell and to work a little harder than I might otherwise have done. Ann Treneman, formerly foreign editor of the Observer, fought hard to ensure that while the world, the British media in general, and her own colleagues in particular, sought to ignore the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, her pages told the story starkly. Elizabeth Blunt, formerly West Africa correspondent of the BBC, kept me fed and focused during some of the darkest days in the history of West Africa, as did Edith Odemo, whose help in Nairobi is an enduring memory of Kenya. I would also like to thank Martin Woollacott of the Guardian for having helped me lay a few ghosts to rest. At Westview Press I would like to thank Karl Yambert, Jennifer Chen, and Meegan Finnegan for their great help, encouragement, and commitment to the reporting of Africa, as well as Silvine Farnell for her sensitive and encouraging editing, which enhanced the quality of the manuscript. I am extremely grateful to Chris Walker, head of the graphics department at the Financial Times, for taking on the task of providing the maps for this book and to Jim Stephens for having contributed photographs of Somalia, Sudan, and Kenya and to my parents, Ann and David Huband for reading and commenting on the proofs of this book. But my greatest debt is owed to Marceline, my wife, for sharing her wisdom and fortitude when both often seemed in short supply.

Mark Huband
London, UK

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  • Title Page *
  • Contents v
  • Acknowledgments vii
  • Prologue viii
  • Part One - Empty Promises i
  • 1 - Sell the Silver, Steal the Gold 3
  • 2 - The Skull beneath the Skin 31
  • 3 - Great Game, Dirty Game 57
  • Part Two - The Time of the Soldier 79
  • 4 - Whispers and Screams 81
  • 5 - A City on the Lake 97
  • 6 - Juggling the Juntas 115
  • 7 - The Deadly Harvest 137
  • Part Three - Blood of the Ancestors 159
  • 8 - Myths, Chiefs, and Churches 161
  • 9 - Genocide 184
  • 10 - The Spit of the Toad 217
  • Part Four - New World, Old Order 249
  • 11 - Rogue States and Radicals 253
  • 12 - The Mogadishu Line 277
  • 13 - France, Africa, and a Place Called Fashoda 307
  • Epilogue - The Center Cannot Hold 327
  • Notes 335
  • Bibliography 355
  • Index 361
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