Magazine article New Internationalist

'You Won't Forget All the Good Work, Will You?'

Magazine article New Internationalist

'You Won't Forget All the Good Work, Will You?'

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It's a nightmare when articles get double-parked. Let me explain.

When Ruby Diamonde's Letter from Bangui came in for | this month's edition, it spoke movingly of a forest haven I for animals in a country sadly better known these days for human strife.

If Ruby had caught a glimpse of Eden, Sophie Pritchard's piece on the excesses of some conservation NGOs offered up hell. The same nature reserve, with the same NGO partner (WWF), but across the border in neighbouring Cameroon, was a site of evictions and human rights abuses. What to make of it?

Not much except to accept that the reality in Central African Republic may be somewhat different from that in Cameroon.

At another point in the preparation of this magazine, a colleague asked: 'You won't forget all the good work NGOs do too, now, will you?' I don't think that was ever in doubt - it figures in some form in almost every edition of New Internationalist. …

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