To celebrate 50 years of independence the Malaysian Government is spending RM 149 million (US$ 12 million) on it’s third “Visit Malaysia Year (VMY) promotion in the hopes of attracting more than 20 million foreign tourists. However skyrocketing street crime, increasing Islamic conservatism, an entertainment industry that shuts down at 2.00 am along with the […]
In June this year more than 200 children were still living on a garbage dump five kilometres outside Kigali ‚Äì despite the largest relief operation the world has ever seen. When I visited the children they said they had been living there for almost two years and had never seen a relief-agency representative, government official or doctor. As garbage-laden trucks ground their way up the twisting dirt road to the tip site, the children gathered in the swirling dust, smoke and flies, waiting for an opportunity to clamber aboard and scour through the putrid, rotting trash in search of items to eat or sell at the local market.