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About dianabuja

A recent group photo at a training course for veterinarians and vet technicians here in Burundi. I discuss in French with some Kirundi and have also a Kirundi translator to help with technical aspects ... Blog entries throughout this site are about Africa, as well as about the Middle East and life in general - reflecting over 35 years of work and research in Africa and the Middle East – Come and join me!

Halloween Special – African Beef Stew with sweet potatoes and mangos, cooked and served in a Pumpkin

Halloween is tomorrow, and so here is a special recipe I learned in Kenya that Chef Richard, of the Hotel club du Lac Tanganyika, prepared.  It is tasty and provides a great presentation in a buffet – especially at Halloween time. A group … Continue reading

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Final Project: The Early Dynastic Mastabas at Saqqara – A Spatial Analysis

Originally posted on Klucewicz – Geography:
Intro: For my project, I looked at the necropolis Saqqara in Egypt. This is the location of the famous Stepped Pyramid, as well as several other pyramids and many smaller mastaba tombs. I looked…

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The Day President Sadat was Assassinated & What Followed

Reposting with readers’ suggestions: What may be the ultimate demise of ex-president  Mubarak, his sons, and others – with all of their attendant intrigues – takes me back some 30 years to the assassination of President Sadat, which I want to … Continue reading

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Ebola: Epidemics, Pandemics and the Mapping of their Containment

Originally posted on REMEDIA:
By Tom Koch “It was about the Beginning of September, 1664, that I, amongst the Rest of my Neighbours, heard in ordinary Discourse, that the Plague was returned in Holland, for it had been very violent…

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ROMARCH: American Journal of Archaeology Open Access (July 2014)

Originally posted on [quem dixere chaos]:
American Journal of Archaeology Open Access July 2014 Below is a list of freely available content published in tandem with the July 2014 issue (vol. 118 no. 3): Supplementary Content (http://www.ajaonline.org/imagegallery/1802) accompanying “Cult, Continuity, and Social…

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School Begins – here in Burundi, as it did in the Ancient Middle East

Yesterday school began throughout the country; many bright and shiny faces trooping of to their respective schools. In the ancient Near East, too, school was an important avenue to achieve money and, perhaps,  fame.  Below are a few items from … Continue reading

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An Ancient Egyptian Tale – The Eloquent Peasant – الفلاح الفصيح

The tale of The Eloquent Peasant comes down to us from ancient Egypt  by way of four different and incomplete documents – manuscript as well as ostrica.  It is a lovely poem, written in classical Middle Egyptian, composed around 2100 BC . … Continue reading

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