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Is dictatorship better than democracy for India’s dalits?

by Jenny Taylor - 2nd July 2010

Good for Michael Lawson, Archdeacon of Hampstead, for getting his short harrowing film India’s Forgotten Women onto the big screen at Leicester Square’s Vue in London's West End last night.

It’s the first time, according to the press release, a human rights charity has attempted to film the dalit scandal.

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At the mass grave of Dogo Na Hauwa

by Jenny Taylor - 10th June 2010

Malam Idi Inusa: last Hausa man in DogonohawaAs England reels from the horror of the Cumbrian slaughter, one small village in a similarly lush and hilly corner of Nigeria is coping with grief of an altogether different magnitude.  I try to imagine the 371 mutilated bodies lying beneath the sweet red soil of Dogo Na Hauwa (the name has since been changed to Gyang-buruk) half an hour out of Jos - and fail utterly.  The sun is shi

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Religion as face-off

by Jenny Taylor - 9th June 2010

This is not the church as I know it.  This is ECWA – the offspring of the Sudan Interior Mission, a five million strong Presbyterian denomination centred in Plateau State’s uneasy capital Jos.  Sassy, less solemn than the Anglican churches I know in Uganda and Sudan – and my hosts this week.

Kind, brave and perplexed by the Muslim enmity with which they are either forced to live – or migrate, a phenomenon now on the increase from this 99 per cent Christian area on Nigeria’s religious faultline.

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