Pulitzer Center Update

This Week: A Divided Nation


Shibby de Guzman, 13, center, joins other youths Tuesday at a Manila rally to protest policies of the Duterte government. Image by Ana P. Santos. Philippines, 2017. 

A Country at War With Itself
Ana Santos

“Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has cursed world leaders, threatened to kill criminals and promised to eat the livers of terrorists,” writes grantee Ana Santos, but a group of Manila high school students have taken to the streets to protest his excesses. Ana and co-grantee James Whitlow Delano, in a report for the Los Angeles Times, explore what happens to civil society in a country that elects a leader who encourages the summary executions of citizens for drug addiction. Ana describes her native land as a divided nation at war with itself.


Turkish and German flags decorate an iftar held every night during Ramadan in Cologne, Germany, by the Turkish-Islamic Union for Religious Affairs (DITIB), the biggest sponsor and builder of mosques in Germany and a controversial organization for its links with the Turkish government. Image by Alice Su. Germany, 2017.

Europe's Newest Muslims
Alice Su

Grantee Alice Su, writing in The Atlantic, finds “most refugees in Germany are more concerned with integration and survival than with religion.” She says they prefer to avoid mosques and the identity politics of previous generations of Muslim migrants.


After the 2010 earthquake, NGOs dumped hundreds of thousands of gallons of raw sewage at the end of the Port-au-Prince city landfill, which borders the sea and is not lined with an impermeable material. Image by Marie Arago/NPR. Haiti, 2017.

Somebody Has to Do It
Rebecca Hersher

Port-au-Prince, Haiti’s capital, doesn’t have a sewer system. Grantee Rebecca Hersher, reporting for NPR’s Weekend Edition, talks to the unfortunate “bayakou” who clean up the daily mess by hand.