What it's like to be on the largest refugee rescue boat in the Mediterranean
By Lizzie Dearden | November 3, 2016
The Bourbon Argos is journeying towards what has become the deadliest sea crossing in the world, on a mission to save the lives of some of the hundreds of thousands of refugeescontinuing to risk their lives in desperate attempts to reach safety in Europe.
The ship, run by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), is the largest humanitarian vessel patrolling the Mediterranean Sea, rescuing or transporting 8,534 migrants in the past six months alone.
A letter from the government of Luxembourg is pinned on the wall of the mess, recognising the international crew's "exemplary service" providing safe passage for thousands of men, women and children.
Like other humanitarian organisations, MSF is doing what it can to boost the European Union's limited anti-smuggling mission off the coast of Libya, where smugglers continue to launch overcrowded and unseaworthy dinghies towards European shores. . . .
AFRICA’S FASHION INDUSTRY
AFRICAN FASHION IN THE WORLD FASHION INDUSTRY
Moving Yet Staggering
Questions have always been raised about the lack of international presence of African fashion and its designers. They are gradually matching through runways, but impacting results are yet to be seen. There is more foreign fashion imported into the African continent and very little of its own fashion exported. The incredibly overpowering colors of its culture, which is heavily reflected in its fashion, have often mesmerized many non Africans. But getting and finding their art in this field to the frontlines where you find the Burburrys, the Guiccis and others, remains a puzzle.
By Laura Owen April 15, 2015
Many consumers in and out of Africa are becoming interested in its fashion whose path up the stage has often than not been hilly. The few
fashion designers here who shine internationally still stagger. Those based in Western cou . . .
WHAT BIG NAMES IN THE INDUSTRY ARE SAYING
South Africa’s David Tlale, internationally reputed Fashion Designer, based in Johannesberg, South Africa.
Africa plays a major role-directly or indirectly- in fashion. You saw it from Oscar de la Renta and Donna Karan when she used the kente cloth from Ghana.
I think it was two seasons back. And John Galliano took the Masai and put it on the runway and everyone was like 'Wow, this is great!' So, we are a force behind the fashion industry as Africans. Africa is a melting pot of what's happening around the world. People all around the world come here to take Iinspiration and I think it's time that perceptions change about what African fashion is since we have so much culture and diversity.
I travel around the world about every other month and see what is happening. Ninety-nine percent of the time when I'm working down Fifth Avenue or Madison Avenue in New York City I'll see a store . . .
PERPLEXING ORIGIN OF AFRICAN PRINT AND ITS COMPLEXITIES
Prints used for some African designs are produced in Africa, Holland, England and China. For years, there has been growing debate over claims by some Western companies to be the lifewire of the African fabric market. This story from slate.com tells part of the history of the prints, but the debate goes on, disputing much of what is presented here.
Dutch wax is a kind of resin-printed fabric that has long been manufactured in the Netherlands for a West African market. Looking at its different origins, we have to think twice before calling these fabrics Dutch or West African. Nigerian artist Yinka Shonibare has dug deep into the history of the designs of these prints which he also uses for his works. From his research results, the fabrics prove to have a crossbred cultural background quite of their own. And they are not authentically African as people think.
In the Dutch West Indies, which is today’s Indonesia, and where th . . .
CRY THE BELOVED WABANE
POST DISASTER WABANE
Victims Still Get Back to Normal Life
Amongst the many underdeveloped localities in Cameroon is a place called Wabane. It has certain perculiaritis and distinct geographical features, which require a development approach that may not apply to other areas that look like it. The people still look forward to long awaited development projects, that will give them relief, from the troubles they still face after the 2003 landslide disaster that occurred there.
By Delavil Lekunze Posted September 20, 2014
One of these perculiarities is its topography. Geographical features found in different parts of Cameroon are present here. It has hills, mini mountains, the dense and savannah forests, valleys and different variations in climate. Some tourists call it Cameroon in its diversity. Not only the geographical features reflect this, but also the people’s culture, bedecked with colors of other cultu . . .