Exploiting Turkana: Robbing the cradle of mankind

Exploiting Turkana: Robbing the cradle of mankind

by Jessica Hatcher

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“Almost everything in Turkana is an emergency”
Peter Lokoel, Deputy Govenor Turkana

Modernity versus tradition; pressure on people and cultures; the potential for environmental catastrophe and private enterprises laying claim to the planet’s natural resources all challenge Turkana. This is one of the world’s “poorest” places, which just happens to sit atop what is believed to be one of the richest oil reserves in East Africa.

Pulitzer grantee Jessica Hatcher’s account clearly demonstrates how many of the most pressing problems faced by human beings in the twenty-first century coalesce in Turkana. Ironically this microcosm of humanity’s challenging future is sited in the place that experts believe to be the birthplace of mankind.

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ISBN-13: 9781910460283
Publisher: Newsweek Limited
Publication date: 11/24/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Jessica Hatcher grew up in Shropshire, England. She studied Modern Languages at St. Edmund Hall Oxford then spent three years living in London working as a television producer. She got her first ‘break’ writing in 2008, while cycling 5,000 miles through eight countries of Southern and East Africa.

In 2011, after two more years in London, which included a stint at the Evening Standard’s Londoner’s Diary, and six months living on a beach in Wales writing satirical fiction, a commission took her back to East Africa and she has been based there as a freelance journalist since.

Jessica’s work has been published in Time, Elle, New Statesman, Vice, Guardian Weekend and Telegraph Weekend magazines, and she writes regularly for the Guardian Global Development. She was a 2014 Pulitzer Center grantee and reporting fellow of the International Women’s Media Foundation. In 2013, she was shortlisted for One World Media’s New Voice award.

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