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Contributor: Victor Amokeodo

When the Montserrat Project asked us to help publicise the conditions facing the Montserratian evacuees, we jumped at the chance. We had given scant coverage to the volcanic crisis in the Caribbean island because the mainstream press had already devoted lengthy press time to it. But then, they were not thorough enough in their coverage in that they were only interested in the sensation of a live volcano. Most of the news organisations covered this at the expense of the human angle. Once the novelty of seeing the volcanic eruptions had worn off, media attention eased off and the hapless islanders were left to fend for themselves. We are therefore pleased that we are able to do something ? albeit very little - to bring to the attention of our readers the continuing difficulties faced by the Montserratians. We will be watching the situation closely and will update our readers accordingly. In the meantime the Montserrat Project will appreciate any support our readers can give to the evacuees. we have listed their contact details at the end of the story on page 7.

In this issue, James Ogunleye looks at the huge problems faced by Kabila in his efforts to rebuild the devastated Congolese economy and asks whether the former guerrilla has the right credentials to do this job. We also report on the latest controversy to befall the ubiquitous Winnie Madikizela-Mandela. South Africa and impropriety is a continuing theme with our story on a new fraud case against former anti-apartheid campaigner, Allan Boesak

George Amponsah writes on a long overdue book which celebrates the Black presence in British film, and of course we have our usual comprehensive listings section of African-Caribbean Arts events.
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