Mali and Angola
Pascale Harter introduces personal stories, reflections and analysis by reporters and writers around the world. In this edition, Thomas Fessy is in northern Mali, accompanying the French Foreign Legion as they hunt jihadi groups in the searingly hostile terrain of the Sahara. It might be compared to seeking needles in a haystack - but they do find and confiscate a rebel vegetable patch. In the newly booming city of Luanda, Jonathan Fryer visits the mausoleum of Angola's independence leader and national hero Agostinho Neto. How would the humble, plain-spoken country doctor Fryer once met in Belgium in the 1970s have felt about the grandiose monument which has been built to house his body?