Escaping Al Shabab
Hassan Ghedi Santur
Over the years, thousands of Somali children have fallen into the clutches of the Somali terror group al-Shabab. Some have been groomed in Quranic schools, others have been forcibly recruited. Now, with al-Shabab losing support, many of these underage militants want to defect. Writing for Yahoo News, Pitching for Peace finalist Hassan Ghedi Santur tells the story of one boy who joined the terror group at the age of seven and had taken part in several attacks by the time he was nine. He later managed to escape. Now 16, he must overcome a world of suspicion and hostility in order to rebuild his life.
Why U.S. Lawmakers Failed to Act on Climate Change Decades Ago
Nathaniel Rich and Hari Sreenivasan
On August 5, The New York Times Magazine will devote its entire publication to the issue of climate change, with reporting by Nathaniel Rich and photography by George Steinmetz. Rich joins PBS NewsHour's Hari Sreenivasan to discuss the project; it launches Wednesday with a panel discussion at The New York Times Center. Watch the teaser here.
One Man's Quest to Defeat a Disease
Martin Enserink and Brian Cassey
Yaws, a tropical skin disease that affects millions of people, can cause lifelong pain and disability. Martin Enserlink reports for Science Magazine on a Spanish physician-scientist who may have found a way to eradicate it.