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Comfort Measures
Dying is not peaceful; dying is hard fucking work. Dying is active. We leave this world with the same movement as we came into it, and just as there’s no wrong way to be born — as the hospice nurse told us — there’s no wrong way to die. There’s only the struggle of getting there. There are only varying levels of comfort and fear. There is only the time it takes to do it. There is what you leave behind, and who you leave it with.
death  family  memory  obituary  culture  observation  grief  perception  health  mourning 
march 2018 by amaah
Mule
What I want to know is, what happened to the woman who lured her, duped her into carrying an extra suitcase when she was put on a plane that was supposed to take her to her new job?
drugs  crime  indonesia  law  injustice  death  poverty 
april 2015 by amaah
The Dying Russians
the wages of economic and political collapse
mortality  russia  collapse  decline  social  culture  death  politics  economics 
september 2014 by amaah
Bodies of 87 migrants found in Niger
it is not good to travel today / neither across the ocean / desert so dry water thirst kill you / kill you, kill you...
Niger  waste  loss  poverty  TheRoughBeast  death  immigration  africa 
october 2013 by amaah
Dying to be in Europe - Letter from Africa
What is it on our continent and in our countries that is so horrible that we are ready to endure every indignity and nightmare of the crossing or a miserable death on a crowded boat at the bottom of the sea?
migration  waste  observation  loss  disgrace  death  perception  mourning  eritrea  mum  ethiopia  ghana  politics  immigration  policy  economics  africa  italy  culture 
october 2013 by amaah
A Lamentation of Mourners
picking up the pieces after Westgate
grief  terrorism  death  crime  kenya  mourning  africa 
october 2013 by amaah
The madness of crowds: Thatcher's funeral - Will Self
With Spencer’s funeral, the cortège travelled in a complete revolution – Kensington Palace to Westminster Abbey, via Trafalgar Square, before heading north for her island interment at Althorp. This death-drag allowed for her corpse symbolically to visit sites of pleasure (the Royal Parks) and power (the Palace of Westminster), while its circular form symbolised her feminine mystique. With Thatcher the death-drag was linear – even phallic – a straightforward spear-chuck from the Chapel of St Mary Undercroft in the bowels of parliament to St Paul’s. Thus Thatcher’s corpse took the journey made by living English monarchs when, upon accession, they were required to meet with the aldermen of the City of London and renew its charter. It was decanted into St Clement Danes, before being hauled on by a fresh team of warriors.
funerals  parasites  thatcher  observation  ritual  death  perception  hatchetjob  England  politics  gremlins  symbolism  culture  rogues 
may 2013 by amaah
Should tributes to the dead be honest?
Mum abhors hypocrisy even in eulogies

Here lies Abdoulaye Wade, he fought for democracy and knew when to step down before being disgraced at Senegal's polls.

Here lies Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, Ethiopian freedom fighter, he peacefully gave away half his country and spent the rest of his life trying to find a suitable successor.
hypocrisy  mum  humour  observation  Malawi  Africa  death  culture 
may 2012 by amaah
After 42 years
Five years old when the dictator took over in a coup —

curfew shut our city down

Bloodless coup, they said —

The many who thought this could be good.

The dictator, a young man, a shy recluse assumed the helm, bent in piety,

the dead sun of megalomania hidden in his eyes.
libya  rogues  gaddafi  death  blood  poetry  memory  violence 
october 2011 by amaah
In praise of the dead
There is no question about there being no money to pay the hospital bills once the man has died... In nine cases out of 10 when you see a house being painted, it means there is a death in the family.
funerals  culture  Ghana  Africa  economics  business  grief  mourning  death  mum  social  pathology  humour  observation 
april 2010 by amaah
Soul Singer Teddy Pendergrass Dies in Pa. at 59
My heart aches at the death of a soul singer and this one hits me hard since I had just been listening to the main man. Nobody turned off more lights than Teddy Pendergrass. The sheer number of babies made to the beat and sound of his songs is simply astounding. Rest in peace.
music  soul  obituary  death  voice  culture  TeddyPendergrass 
january 2010 by amaah
Nineteen Days
The costs of Tiananmen Square... Writing an epic poem entitled Massacre won't endear you to the Chinese authorities, indeed prison seems a foregone conclusion.
memory  China  death  massacre  blood  history  politics  humanrights  justice  values  writing  storytelling  courage  resistance 
july 2009 by amaah
Ghanaian Society And Expensive Funerals
backgrounder on the only growth industry during the lean years in Ghana
death  ceremonies  funerals  Ghana  social  economics  culture  tradition  money  organization  Africa 
june 2009 by amaah
African view: Big men do not die
Mum is in fine form providing some toli about Omar Bongo and the culture that never acknowledges that leaders can ever be frail.
Kufuor  Africa  culture  death  Gabon  Bongo  Ghana  president  chief  reticence  secrecy  health  information  observation  mum  toli 
june 2009 by amaah
The future is a shoe being thrown at a human face - forever!
a discursion, and discursive at that, on schadenfreude and the statistics of mortality rates for different jobs - from US president to active member of Hezbollah to Pope, to British monarch and prime minister to US and Iraqi soldiers. Daniel Davies is sui generis
observation  politics  history  statistics  jobs  health  mortality  death  USA  Iraq  perception  England  culture 
december 2008 by amaah
Uganda rebel leader breaks silence (Joseph Kony Lords Resistance Army)
Staring at the Heart of Darkness: an interview with Joseph Kony of the Lord's Resistance Army blamed for thousands of deaths and abductions many of children and for maiming civilians in his twenty year campaign of terror. As haunting as Pol Pot
crime  atrocity  war  murder  LRA  Uganda  rogues  abduction  death  violence  civilwar  guerilla  Sudan  Congo  negotiation  journalism  strangebedfellows  HeartOfDarkness  terror  strategy 
june 2006 by amaah
Invisible Ink Got Deadly Gang Message Past Guards
On the Aryan Brotherhood's use of ancient ciphers (Francis Bacon's double alphabet thing), invisible ink (actually q-tips dipped in urine) and various other codes to evade prison authorities and spawn death and violence and a race war
security  crime  cryptography  cipher  race  violence  murder  usa  gangs  death  prison 
june 2006 by amaah
Doctors See Way to Cut Suffering in Lethal Injection
Editorial decisions: the callous original published title "Doctors See Way to Cut Suffering in Lethal Injection" has since been modified online to say "Doctors See Way to Cut Suffering in Executions". Cruelty & cognitive dissonance. This is America.
callous  journalism  cruelty  editorial  decisions  NewYorkTimes  NYT  media  HeartOfDarkness  America  USA  death  TheRoughBeast 
june 2006 by amaah
Swedish cameraman shot dead at Somalia rally
In the 1980s my mother used to say that if there was to be a Third World War, it would start in Somalia. She is unlikely to be proved wrong: from 1993, Black hawk down and ever since. We should ignore them for 2 decades until they care to rejoin the world
Somalia  waste  loss  death  insanity  Africa  HeartOfDarkness  war  TheRoughBeast 
june 2006 by amaah
Peggy Appiah, 84, Author Who Bridged Two Cultures, Dies
Her books were read by every Ghanaian child; her marriage was the inspiration of Guess who's coming to dinner?, her British high-society life morphed into Ashanti high-society life.. A great woman has passed away, we mourn her
obituary  literature  ghana  culture  death  England 
february 2006 by amaah
Soul star, Lynden David Hall, dies after cancer fight
A bright light of soul music (on the Brit soul side of things) passes away at an unfortunately young age (31) from cancer... His lyrics ring in my ears: "Medecine for my pain..."
music  death  soul  LyndenDavidHall  England  british  obituary 
february 2006 by amaah
The Unfeeling President
But this president does not know what death is. He hasn't the mind for it. You see him joking with the press, peering under the table for the weapons of mass destruction he can't seem to find, you see him at rallies strutting up to the stage in shirt sle
Iraq  war  death  politics  bush  rogues  neocons 
july 2005 by amaah
Iraq War Fatalities
Harrowing visualization of the steady drip of fatalities. Jon Udell and I have been having a conversation about the importance of visualization but we were discussing technology - this application to politics was something I hadn't thought about and it is
visualization  information  Iraq  war  US  politics  usa  news  media  horror  history  death  maps  gruesome 
june 2005 by amaah

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