By Eric Campbell
Award-winning international correspondent Eric Campbell has been stoned by way of fundamentalists, captured by means of US detailed Forces, arrested in Serbia and threatened with expulsion from China. He′s negotiated courting rituals in Moscow, shared a home with a charismatic mercenary in Kabul and brought up smoking at gunpoint in Kosovo. In 2003 in Iraq he used to be injured in a suicide bombing which killed his colleague, cameraman Paul Moran. by means of turns provocative and thoughtful, ABSURDISTAN is a memoir approximately juggling life, love and fatherhood whereas reporting from the most dysfunctional locations in the world.
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His camp at Vorkuta was among the worst of the worst. Men, women and children were forced to work in unimaginable cold to build coal mines and a railway line to transport the coal south. ‘Malingerers’ were shot or sent to exposed punishment cells where death was certain. He was never sure what his ‘crime’ was. Most people were sent to camps for unwise gossip or on trumped-up allegations. They were used as human workhorses to build the glorious Soviet Union. Even when his sentence ended, the terms of his release required him to work in the new city built beside the gulag.
They decide themselves how it would work but they don’t ask us. And the people here are not literate, they can’t speak out. ’ We rode back with Timofei’s clan into Yar Sale for the start of the festival. By now he’d become quite a camera slut and insisted that Tim ride on his sled to film him as he shouted commands and stood with the wind in his face racing across the ice and snow. Eight sleds drawn by 32 reindeer followed him. The town was now filling with nomads. Wooden sleds were parked like cars along the edge of town as Nentsi children held their reindeer to stop them mixing with other herds.
Someone passed around a glass of vodka for us to share. Sven had warned us about the high rates of tuberculosis among the Nentsi so I pretended to sip and passed it on. Remembering what Sven had said about the impact of development, I asked how keen the people were for Amoco’s money. Nadia said she just wanted Amoco to go away. ‘They will take the land from us, and where will our children live? Not everyone wants to live in town. My son, for example, goes to school now, but when he grows up he won’t live in town.
Absurdistan by Eric Campbell