Alex Duval Smith
Alex Duval Smith is a freelance foreign correspondent based in South Africa
24 March 2013 07:34 PM
Chinua Achebe, the Nigerian author and dissident who has died at the age of 82, learnt early in life that words can lead to a lot of pain. It happened when he was at secondary school in colonial Nigeria. Turning to a fellow pupil, he asked in his native Igbo language: ''Nyefe M ncha ahu'' [pass me the soap]. For not using English, Achebe's English headmaster gave him a beating he remembered all his life.
21 December 2012 05:22 PM
Abducted girls are finding refuge and rehabilitation in an academy in Uganda
28 November 2012 07:20 PM
Demand in Far East for horn's medicinal qualities drives killings to record levels
09 October 2012 12:00 AM
President swaps colonial language for English after being inspired by Rwanda's example
22 September 2012 12:00 AM
The renegade politician Julius Malema will appear in court on fraud, money laundering and corruption charges next week.
19 September 2012 12:00 AM
Striking platinum miners agreed to go back to work last night, ending a six-week industrial dispute that claimed 43 lives and put President Jacob Zuma's government under severe strain.
07 September 2012 12:00 AM
South African workers demand talks on pay before accepting agreement
04 September 2012 12:00 AM
The South African force's killing of 34 striking miners, and the arrest of hundreds more, are all too reminiscent of the bad old days of white rule, victims' families tell Alex Duval Smith
01 September 2012 12:00 AM
The ruling party of Angolan President Eduardo Dos Santos looked to be headed for an easy parliamentary election win yesterday.
01 September 2012 12:00 AM
Climate change: 2015 will be the hottest year on record 'by a mile', experts say
Senior British politicians tell David Cameron: When dead children are being washed up on beaches – it's time to act
Jeremy Corbyn calls Osama bin Laden's killing a 'tragedy' - but was it taken out of context?
If these extraordinarily powerful images of a dead Syrian child washed up on a beach don't change Europe's attitude to refugees, what will?
If you're not already angry about the refugee crisis, here's a history lesson to remind you why you really should be
Theresa May says migrants should be banned from entering the UK unless they have jobs lined up
- 1 More than 11,000 Icelanders offer to house Syrian refugees to help European crisis
- 2 If these extraordinarily powerful images of a dead Syrian child washed up on a beach don't change Europe's attitude to refugees, what will?
- 3 Senior British politicians tell David Cameron: When dead children are being washed up on beaches – it's time to act
- 4 Make your voice heard: Sign The Independent's petition to welcome refugees
- 5 Refugee crisis: Aylan's life was full of fear - in death, he is part of 'humanity washed ashore'