The lie of the land: Elizabeth Coleman on truth, Rwanda and Congo

‘If we are not told the truth about this, we will not act to change it.’

‘The people of Congo continue to live in poverty, while much of its massive wealth is taken by foreign countries.’ | Photo: by Aaron Burden on Unsplash

As Quakers, we seek truth. But, as Thomas Penny reminded us in this year’s Swarthmore Lecture, truth is not a simple thing. Truth is complex and complicated. There are ways of being untruthful without telling direct lies.

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