Magazine article New Internationalist

30 Years Ago

Magazine article New Internationalist

30 Years Ago

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...the topic was the global environment under assault. I recently met Zachary Lomo, a Ugandan who has vivid memories of reading this issue of the magazine while he was a refugee in southern Sudan in 1984.

'We were desperate to learn and read, and, with the help of Dr Barbara Harrell-Bond and other well-wishers, we built and equipped a school for ourselves from scratch - the Lutaya SelfHelp Senior Secondary School. At one point Dr Harrell-Bond and a group of Oxford students, the Lutaya Expedition, brought out a whole selection of books and magazines, with many copies of New Internationalist among them. The one I particularly remember had an article called "A question of balance" about the ecological disasters caused by Westernized agriculture in the Sahel region. It really made sense to me, coming as I did from a part of northwest Uganda that also grew millet. I remember waving this issue in the air during a debating contest with the Yei Agricultural Institute as I argued against mechanized agriculture for export in Africa. …

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