Voices of Kagisong

Vernon Gibberd reviews a story of Quaker witness in Botswana

There is something totally serene about the colour photo of Kagisong on the cover of Voices of Kagisong: History of a Refugee Programme in Botswana. There are some trees coming into fresh spring leaf; sundry dogs; a few 200-litre oil drums to remind us of the transience of piped water supplies in Botswana villages; a distant white bakkie, the workhorse of any African development project – but no people, no black and white (for there were white refugees) smiling faces. But that is the story told in this new book: the refugees have all gone, mostly to new homes. This is mission accomplished.

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