Rewriting the Past: from Empire to ivory
Andrew Marr looks back to the end of empire when the records of imperial rule were systematically destroyed. With Ian Cobain, Edna Adan Ismail, Valerie Amos and Keith Somerville.
On Start the Week Andrew Marr looks back to the end of Empire when government officials systematically destroyed the records of imperial rule, and he explores the impact of outside organisations on a nation's ability to govern. The journalist Ian Cobain has uncovered details of the mass bonfires of sensitive official papers across Africa, which subverted the legal obligation to preserve important historical records. Edna Adan Ismail first came to Britain in the 1950s to train as a nurse before championing women's rights and health at the WHO and in her native Somaliland. She explains how the self-declared independent state of Somaliland, once a British protectorate, has been fighting for international recognition for the last 15 years. Baroness Amos has worked in international affairs both for the government and the UN. Now as the head of SOAS University she says it's vital to think about the world differently, from the perspective of the countries themselves. Keith Somerville has investigated the illegal ivory trade in Africa and argues that regulation - not prohibition - is the best way to stop uncontrolled poaching and smuggling.
Producer: Katy Hickman.
Edna Adan Ismail
Keith Somerville is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, University of London and Honorary Professor of Journalism at the Centre for Journalism, University of Kent.
Ivory: Power and Poaching in Africa is published by Hurst.
|Interviewed Guest||Ian Cobain|
|Interviewed Guest||Edna Adan Ismail|
|Interviewed Guest||Valerie Amos|
|Interviewed Guest||Keith Somerville|