Region

Africa

July 13, 2017|

Pathway to Peril

Scientists worry the next devastating disease could be born where animals and humans mix in a Third World slum – then cross the globe. Zika may have been a preview.

July 05, 2017|

A Young Girl in South Sudan

Journalist Jane Ferguson notes the lasting effects of government soldiers and near starvation on one young girl in South Sudan.

June 29, 2017|

Field Notes on Konzo in the DRC

Photojournalist Neil Brandvold recounts his journey to a village called Kahemba, or "The Town of Suffering," to look for those afflicted by Konzo.

June 26, 2017

The Privatization of Education in Africa

Peg Tyre

The fastest growing chain of schools in the world is a highly controversial for-profit company backed by Silicon Valley investors which promises to educate the poorest of the poor.

June 20, 2017

Rwanda: Climate Change and Mountain Gorillas

Elham Shabahat

In Rwanda, increased floods, droughts, and landslides have caused deaths and destroyed homes. How are mountain gorillas and people living near their habitat impacted by and adapting to climate change?

May 29, 2017

The Black Death of Kabwe

Larry C. Price

Years of unmitigated contamination from Zambia's largest lead mine have created a toxic nightmare for the residents of Kabwe, the country's second largest city.

May 02, 2017

South Sudan in Crisis

Jane Ferguson

South Sudan is the world’s newest nation but ethnic violence, economic collapse and famine are spiralling. Millions of lives, and the future of the country, are at stake.

April 10, 2017

Nigeria's Unfolding Crisis

Leslie Roberts

Terrorized by Boko Haram for years, millions of people in northeastern Nigeria have fled to crowded camps and cities and are suffering from a deadly combination of severe malnutrition and infection.

April 03, 2017

We Have No Choice

Ben Taub

Most African migrants heading to Europe unwittingly follow the ancient caravan routes of the trans-Saharan slave trade. Along the way, many are trafficked, sold, and brutally exploited.

February 23, 2017

Smoke and Mirrors

Nathalie Bertrams, Ingrid Gercama

Globally, cooking smoke causes over 4 million deaths per year. Can improved cookstoves save lives, the environment and is the promise of ‘clean cooking’ fulfilled in Malawi?

February 22, 2017

The East African Migrant Smuggling Trail

Michael Scott Moore

Smugglers along the trail from East Africa to Europe, through Libya, tend to look after their own. Are former Somali pirates running Somali migrants?

February 10, 2017

Egypt's Deadly Infrastructure

Jahd Khalil

Egypt’s infrastructure has real life costs for its citizens, and requires targeted and accountable investment. Can the government make the right ones?

February 06, 2017

The Rebirth of the Shi'a-Sunni Divide

Geneive Abdo

After years of the raging wars in Iraq and Syria, most people still think the conflicts are about territory and political power. But religious practice and belief have a lot to do with it.

January 02, 2017

A Look Inside South Sudan's Bitter War

Cassandra Vinograd

Mass killings, mass rape, ethnic cleansing, starvation and a lack of international will to act against the specter of genocide: A rare look inside the crisis in South Sudan.

December 23, 2016

Refugee Boom and Bust: A Global Gold Rush

Malia Politzer, Emily Kassie

From smugglers in Agadez, to factory owners in Turkey, to the Italian and Nigerian mafias in Italy, and small business owners in Greece, people making a killing off the global migrant crisis.

July 05, 2017|

Privatizing Education in Africa

This week: for-profit schools in the most impoverished places; identifying bodies from the U.S.-Mexico border; and age-based asylum in Sweden.