Author Louise Linton poses with the cover of her book in  Congo's Shadow

The British Newspaper the Telegraph has issued an apology over the memoir, In Congo’s Shadow by Scottish actress Louise Linton, and taken down the excerpt, which was published this month.

According to a statement by the Telegraph published on their website, Linton has pulled the book from Amazon where it was self-published earlier this year.

Below is the full apology

“How my dream gap year in Africa turned into a nightmare” (July 1, 2016), by Louise Linton, based on her book In Congo’s Shadow, drew a number of complaints from Telegraph readers that the article mistakenly implied that the conflicts in Congo and Rwanda had spilled over into Zambia, that Zambia was a war-torn country in 1999 and that armed rebels had crossed Lake Tanganyika to Zambia that year. Other claims of inaccuracy were also made.

In the light of the concerns raised by readers, the Telegraph has withdrawn the article from its website and apologises for any misleading impression that may have been given. The author also announced that she had agreed to remove the book from sale and give the profits to charity, and issued an apology for the offence caused.

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24 COMMENTS

  1. So the world has given us a thumbs up for peace. Can we please behave after the elections next year, fellow Zambians? And we can start that by stopping tribal hatred on our blogs.

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    • The only stupid people in this country are Bembas and Tongas. They have introduced tribalism in this country.

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    • SO, THE TELEGRAPH ARE JUST AS IGNORANT AS HERSELF. SAYING THIS BECAUSE I AM PRETTY SURE THEY READ HER BOOK BEFORE PUBLISHING IT. TROUBLE IS MOST PEOPLE ARE IN UNFOUNDED BAD TASTE WITH THE CONTINENT AND TRY SO HARD TO FIND ANYTHING BAD TO WRITE ABOUT THE CONTINENT THINKING THEY DON’T HAVE TO RESEARCH- ANYTHING BAD WILLBE AN ATTRIBUTE OF AFRICA OR ANY AFRICAN COUNTRY. THE TELEGRAPH SHOULD SPONSOR THIS GIRL TO ZAMBIA TO GO AND LEARN PROPER HISTORY OF THE COUNTRY AND THE SOUTHERN REGION OF AFRICA.

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    • Through Twitter, we made them to apologise and made Louise Linton to withdraw the book from Amazon…. We were united and archived something meaningful.

      WE HAVE ONE MORE THING TO DO, WE HAVE TO SEND LUNGU BACK TO CHAWAMA WHERE HE BELONGS… Please lets take back our country from the drunken master and his followers!

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    • The Telegraph is dumb. If that book was the real deal, this woman would not have waited 20 years to publish it and it would not have been self published.

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  2. The book is not far from the truth. Zambia Police are busy assaulting opposition cadres & killing unarmed small girls.

    ZAF is now a PF Ward whilst poachers are entering Zambia & stealing antelopes. Zambian Soldiers are locked up in barracks drinking beer like. They do not patrol border areas. I remember news in 90’s of Banyamulenge entering Zambia & abducting Zambian villagers. Go to Kasumbalesa, Kasai’s walk behind the border post into Zambia without any stop.

    Zambian Hospitals have no drugs & ARVs have run out, yet there’s enough money for Finance Minister Chikwanda to send K30million to each PF MP candidate every week.

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    • Maloza your hatred fro Mother Zambia is shocking!!. I am an HIV patient and not once have I ever found ARVs missing in hospital. I always get enough for three months. PF is winning whether you like it or yes.

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    • Two women came to King Solomon with a baby boy. The women lived in the same house. They each had a baby, but one of the babies died. Now both women wanted the baby that was alive. Each mother said he was her baby. They wanted King Solomon to tell them who could keep the baby. Solomon wanted to find out which woman was the baby’s mother. Having a wise plan he asked for a sword. He told a servant to cut the baby in half. He would give half of the baby to each woman. He would not really let the baby be cut in half. He wanted to see what the women would do. He knew the baby’s mother would not let her son be hurt. Similarly when Zambia experiences negative events like the drought or negative stories like this one patriotic Zambians rise to pray for rains or protest against the story but UPND…

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    • Indeed only a person who does not have the interest of the nation can write what some people write about Zambia. @ SENIOR ENGINEER RTD it is a very wise contribution!!!

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  3. I wish someone could take his little girl and her publisher to the cleaners as an example to future missionaries …clean them out completely in court!!

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  4. Maloza ni wa maloza zoona… He is so hateful that he can kill himself… Post, UPND and some hungry village headpersons connived and got voters cards from desperate villagers who do not want to work hard for a living… They published their cards just to win sympathy… Do you know why UK, US and the rest of the world have kept quite over the post issue? It is because they know that the post is USELESS….It does not add value to media in Zambia and even our so call MISA Zambia is as useless as POST… Do not mislead us…VIVA Zambia Daily Mail and Times of Zambia… I was a fun of POST but have since stopped three years ago buying and have burnt every copy I was keeping in my house… Not even kushindila it because it was going to create sores on my good private…

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  5. This girl was under the illusion that Africans can’t read! She must have grown up with the idea that we spend all our lives swinging from one tree to the next. So, now, who is the most ignorant and the most educated? I’m sure you guessed right.

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  6. She was using 18th – 19th Century attitudes to portray things that she thought would not be discovered (like Livingstone discovered Victoria Falls) until much, much later. Hey y’all, has anyone actually read this book? Would be nice to have a critique of it after the fact. Well done Zambians and Afrikans at large for relentlessly fighting for factual positioning of our country and continent.

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  7. That useless book must be withdrawn and all copies be sent to Zambia for discarding. Failure to do that will render all those on gap to be sent packing because they may think of doing the same stupid thing. Dr Kambwili can you please teach these moroons some sense. Let them learn that we are not 1mbeciles like them.

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  8. I agree, xenophobic bigot decievers like this shallow wh0re Linton, should be sued, made to pay huge damages, ensuring they sell the last gold tooth in their mothers, & grandparents mouth. That way they will think twice before writing these institutionally racist fables/ fairy tales about Africa.
    IT’S A FACT AFRICA SUBSIDISES THE WEST, NOT VISE -VERSA!
    Problem is the west’s portrayal Africans as “diseased disadvantaged pests” starts from a very early age. Go to the Kindergardens, & Pre -Schools, & you will find adverts on notice boards pleading for money to help dogs, & other animals in sanctuaries. Next to such an advert will be the emaciated insect/ fly strewn African child, with the same pledge to help “these disadvantaged things” How on earth is one ever going to have respect…

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    • Continued;
      for the African, when all they see is ” A pest needing saving” which is how Linton was subconciously conditioned to view Africans!
      Our leaders are also a huge part of the problem, as stealing money from the treasury to fund your dirty campaigns, to keep yourself in power, will NOT uplifting the African child, & as a result we Shall remain perpetually poor, beggars, & disrespected by everyone on the planet.

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  9. A PROBLEM YOU DIV ATE FROM REAL ISSUES IMWE FYONSE NI LUNGU,THIS IS A DIFFERENT STORY MULEBAKO SERIOUS.

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