Letters to Gabriella

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FLF Press, 2005 M05 30 - 560 páginas
War in Angola lasted intermittently for more than forty years. After a failed attempt at peace from 1994 to 1998 a full scale conventional war broke out again at the end of 1998. This marked the end of a United Nations attempt, lasting more than twelve years, to make peace in this country. It was one of the first big UN missions after the Cold War and turned into a spectacular and expensive failure. Throughout this last "War for Peace" from 1998-2002 the author lived and worked in Huambo, at the epicentre of the war, implementing a United Nations project. This project, poorly planned initially, was restructured locally and achieved considerable successes before finally succumbing to UN incompetence that saw two thirds of its funding disappear and degenerated into a web of lies, excuses and accusations as the UN refused to provide an explanation to donors, the Angolan government and people, project staff and the press of what went wrong and why.
 

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Not If But When
1
Huambo June 1998
3
How to Help the Poor 1
5
Luanda June 1998
6
The Contract
10
Getting Started June 1998
11
There Are No Jobs Here 1
12
The World Cup
14
No Turning Back
245
Minor Irritations
250
The Mission 1
260
Promises Promises Part 1
269
No One Shall Be Arbitrarily Deprived of His Property
279
Luanda Getting Some Facts at Last
288
Lots of Diverse Stumbling About
295
The Mission 2 and 3
301

There Are No Jobs Here 2
15
Learning Learning but What?
17
How to Help the Poor 2
22
The Party
30
Interlude
34
Collecting Funds
49
The Road to Nowhere
60
Into the Abyss 1
75
What Must We Do With This?
85
Into the Abyss 2
88
Caught in the Crossfire
97
The UN Must Go
103
The Wine Factory
105
Closing 1
114
How to Help the Poor 3
120
Luanda March and April 1999
127
Are Women Really All That Important?
138
Stale Mate 1
142
Who Started It?
148
The Quiet Before the Storm
165
Why is War Thought? Why is War Fought?
172
Luanda June 1999
179
Stale Mate 2
184
On Tents
192
Stale Mate 3
196
The Tide Turns
201
Missions UNDP Style 1
216
Merry Christmas 1
225
09 November 2000
310
Merry Christmas 2
311
Loose Ends
325
The Buck Stops Here
331
A World of Development Experience
338
Promises Promises Part 2
346
The Massacre
368
Missions UNDP Style 2
376
Appearance and Reality The End of Compromise
383
Man is Not an Island?
389
Waiting for the Messiah
401
The End at Last?
406
Merry Christmas 3
412
How Long is a Piece of String?
425
The Man Behind the Myth 1
429
Promises Promises Part 3
433
22 February 2002
444
The Man Behind the Myth 2
449
The Two Years
455
Death in the Bush
466
Everyone Has the Right to Life Liberty and Security of Person
479
Everyone Has the Right to Recognition Everywhere as a Person Before the Law
493
We are With You
507
Not When But If
521
That Was Then and Now is Then
531
To the Beginning of the End
537
Selected Bibliography
543
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Leon Kukkuk was born in South Africa in 1963. Congenitally at odds with normality, he has led a colourfull, even rackety existence, roaming the globe, points north, east south and west and posing, amongst other things, as a student, a traveler, a tramp, a barman, window cleaner and for the last decade as a proffesional do-gooder. This last pose is perhaps the truest part of his persona. Although sometimes labelled as a Communist and rabble-rouser, he sees himself not as a political idealogue but as a social reformer. He is presently settled in Angola with his daughter, Gabriella.

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