Pulitzer Center grantee Michael Kavanagh goes to a town inhabited by the FDLR, the Rwandan Hutu armed group considered a terrorist organization by the US government.
On top of his losses to wheat stem rust, George Mukindia watched 30 acres of his wheat burn in the flames of Kenya's recent post-election violence.
Mukindia's fields are near Eldoret, where 30 unarmed civilians were slaughtered in a church on New Year's Day.
Tensions are so high between the government and the CNDP in North Kivu that aid groups are having a terrible time moving across front lines.
Rwanda invaded eastern Congo last night, according to the Congolese Ambassador to the United Nations.
This morning Laurent Nkunda's forces took over the Congolese army's biggest base in the east, about 45 minutes from Goma.
"We've been at war for 15 [sic] years and now they choose to tell us to pray for peace."
A press release in the Democratic Republic of Congo announces that "violence has reached its highest level in years."
When pro-independence demonstrations erupted in Kashmir over the summer, Danish Shervani said he hesitated to take part until he saw women and children shouting in the streets.
His initiation was painful. A band of riot police trapped him away from the crowds and beat him with bamboo shafts, breaking several bones and shattering a kneecap.
After a long, hot summer of protests against Indian rule, an uneasy calm descended on the Kashmir valley for the holy month of Ramadan. In a bid to reignite mass protests, separatist leaders had called for another pro-independence march this week on Lal Chowk, the commercial hub of the summer capital. The authorities responded with a two-day, shoot-on-sight curfew. Protests were abandoned. After a crackdown over the past few months that has left at least 45 people dead, mostly killed when troops opened fire on crowds, this was understandable.
It may seem hard to imagine a place where people incarcerated by the US military have fewer rights than they do in Guantánamo Bay.
Welcome to Iraq.
At open-air farm markets, Mawe Robbins and James Ockira were the only vendors I could find selling whole kernels of wheat.
The markets offered a plentiful display of bounty from Uganda's rich and fertile soil. There were beautiful mounds of bananas, passion fruit, tomatoes, beans and other produce. But, unlike so many other parts of the world, wheat is not a major crop here.