Bartholomäus Grill
Bartholomäus Grill

Goodbye Africa A Correspondent Looks Back at 40 Years on the Continent

In four decades as a correspondent in Africa, I have driven and flown some 2 million kilometers throughout the continent. A lot has changed since I first arrived, but much has stayed the same. My departure is bittersweet.
Teacher Godfrey and journalist Grill in front of the school in Longido, Tanzania: For the students here, computers exist only as drawings.

Teacher Godfrey and journalist Grill in front of the school in Longido, Tanzania: For the students here, computers exist only as drawings.

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Grill with Nelson Mandela in Cape Town in 1995

Grill with Nelson Mandela in Cape Town in 1995

Foto: Andrew Louwrens
Grill standing in front of a Cape Town supermarket in 2019

Grill standing in front of a Cape Town supermarket in 2019

Foto: Ilvy Njiokiktjien / DER SPIEGEL
In Zimbabwe in 2018

In Zimbabwe in 2018

Foto: STEFAN KLEINOWITZ
Grill talking with Tanzanian opposition politician Zitto Kabwe in Dar es Salaam in 2019

Grill talking with Tanzanian opposition politician Zitto Kabwe in Dar es Salaam in 2019

Foto: Stefan Kleinowitz / DER SPIEGEL
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