Sarah Topol and Glenna Gordon
Boko Haram is famous for the 2014 mass kidnapping of 276 schoolgirls. Less publicized has been the group’s kidnapping of 10,000 boys over the last decade. Earlier this year, grantee Sarah Topol spoke with 25 children across Nigeria’s Borno State about their abduction. "The stories they told me about rituals like infant slaughter and bathing your hands in blood have not been previously reported as part of life under Boko Haram. But their stories were consistent, and rumors of such acts have circulated around northeast Nigeria." Her report, the cover story of this week’s New York Times Magazine, with photos by grantee Glenna Gordon, is a horrifying account of four boys and their descent into a man-made hell.
Nadja Drost and Bruno Federico
Thousands of children are on the brink of starvation in a country that sits atop the world’s largest oil reserves. Grantees Nadja Drost and Bruno Federico look at the escalating political crisis in Venezuela for the PBS NewsHour.
Fighting Cancer in Poor Countries
Anna Russell and Kate Corrigan
To detect cervical cancer in women from poor countries, is an ineffective program better than none at all? Anna Russell and Kate Corrigan, student fellows from George Washington University, travel to Haiti to look at both sides of the debate.