Lost white Tribes
Parola del diavolo.

April 2000
by Sean Thomas
History, with its loose ends, rough edges, strange anomalies and surreal quirks, is rarely neat. The quirky and anomalous leftover colonial communities described in Lost White Tribes are a case in point. As Milanese journalist Riccardo Orizio puts it in the introduction, the European emigrants left stranded by the retreating tides of imperialism are among today's "forgotten people".


March 26, 2000
Colonial survivors that history forgot, by Anthony Sattin
Much has been written about the outrages perpetrated against the natives of Africa, America, India and elsewhere during the ages of Discovery and Colonialism. And, since the dawn of the Age of Independence, much has also been written about the plight of the colonisers, forced out of places they regarded as home and returned to mother countries where they were often far from welcome.


April 29, 2000
Home alone Riccardo Orizio goes in search of the people left
behind by colonialism in Lost White Tribes, by Sukhdev Sandu
Some years ago Molly Dineen made a wonderful documentary called Home From The Hill. It charted the homecoming of Hilary Hook, who for 40 years had served as a colonial administrator in the highlands of Kenya. Now, returning from the tropics to a north London suburb, he floundered about his kitchen struggling to work out how to use a tin opener. Profumo, pop music, non-stick frying pans - all these had passed him by. He was home, but not at home.


June 4, 2000
by Christopher Hurst
Lost white tribes. These evocative words make up the title of a new book which has attracted attention from London reviewers more due to the fascinated curiosity about the subject than to literary merit - which the book does, in fact, possess. Riccardo Orizio, an Italian journalist, travelled widely in order to write it - as he neatly comments, his work usually takes him to places where important events are unfolding, while this quest took him away from them.


April 8, 2000
by Peter Hughes

In 1973, the Steve McQueen/Dustin Hoffman film Papillon, about an escape from the infamous French penal colony on Devil's Island, was shot in Jamaica. Extras were needed to play the wretched French inmates. The first search was fruitless; the island's whites all looked too well- fed and healthy. Then someone remembered the Germans. In Riccardo Orizio's words, they "only had to play themselves".


March 28, 2000
by Edward Marriott
The people time forgot.
When the Pope landed in Haiti in 1983 he got to his knees, as has become customary, and planted a kiss on the airport Tarmac. To most observers, this act was hardly worthy of comment. To the Haitian Poles, however, it held powerful symbolic meaning. As one puts it now: "The Pope kissed the ground because he knew that this country, Haiti, was the home of his Polish compatriots."


April 16, 2000
As a concept, Lost White Tribes is promising. Riccardo Orizio is an Italian journalist who has stumbled upon an overlooked section of world society, the forgotten "white tribes". Taking as his focus the people who settled in various sections of the globe during colonial times but who, when the colonised nations gained independence, either had no money or desire to return to the parent countries, he sets out to track down a dying breed: hybrids with no future.


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