Vivienne Walt and Sebastian Meyer traveled to the Democratic Republic of Congo, home to most of the world's cobalt, to see how huge global demand can be met without rampant child labor and corruption.
Photojournalist Sebastian Meyer spent six days photographing the mines, the people and the cobalt.
On PRI's The World, Vivienne Walt discusses her and Sebastian Meyer's recent story "Blood, Sweat, and Batteries," which documents the children working in cobalt mines in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Two-thirds of the world's cobalt, an essential ingredient in our smartphones and electric cars, comes from one of the planet's poorest countries. All too often it is mined by children.
Researchers aim to understand how the world’s second-largest rainforest is responding to — and influencing — global warming.
Decaying notebooks discovered in an abandoned research station contain a treasure trove of tree growth data dating from 1930s.
For the past 20 months, the Congo Research Group has documented the vast and eclectic business portfolio of Joseph Kabila, the president of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and his family.
Photojournalist Neil Brandvold recounts his journey to a village called Kahemba, or "The Town of Suffering," to look for those afflicted by Konzo.
In Dungu’s Belgian chateau, UN peacekeepers maintain a small base where they have partied for nearly a decade. To reach Dungu means navigating a highway that has been a hotbed of LRA activity.
A rare known paralytic disease konzo has inflicted polio-like symptoms on thousands of the most impoverished people in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and other African countries.
Five years after its viral video broke the internet, Invisible Children is on the front line of a covert war against the Lord’s Resistance Army.
President Joseph Kabila and his relatives have built a network of businesses that reaches into every corner of Congo’s economy. Is that why he won’t step down?
For two decades, the eastern Congo has been ravaged by civil war. Can a former U.S. senator help bring peace?
UN enforcement of "responsibility to protect" has too often focused more on protecting UN troops than civilian populations. In eastern Congo UN military leaders are talking—and taking—a tougher line.
Children in the DRC who have lost families, homes and schools prove to be resilient as well as vulnerable. Arts, sports and vocational training help them to re-connect and start life anew.
With suffering in Congo unabated, a series of multimedia projects examines a ‘conflict-free’ tin mine and investigates the mass rape of civilians during the November 2012 rebellion.
Armed militias running illegal poaching and mining rackets and backed by a powerful army general come into conflict with conservation efforts—and the local population bears the brunt of the fallout.
Chinese companies are investing billions of dollars in pursuit of Congo's minerals. What do Congolese have to gain—and to fear—from China's rise?
The Pulitzer Center and The College of William & Mary created a unique initiative to provide deeper global learning and storytelling experiences for students.
With support from William & Mary alumni, Anne and Barry Sharp, The College launched its Campus Consortium partnership in fall 2011 with the...
Richard Mosse is known for challenging convention on the photojournalist's role. His book Infra , with photographs of Eastern Congo, is as shocking and complex as the conflict it explores.
Joseph Kony's Lord's Resistance Army, notorious for its use of child soldiers and sex slaves, has stalked Central Africa for decades. How has Kony evaded capture for so long?
This project was produced in partnership with the Bureau for International Reporting.
How can the world's largest United Nations Peacekeeping force protect civilians when it must partner with a national army that is almost as predatory on the local population as the...
When Bill Clinton Hadam's refugee family was approved for resettlement in the U.S., the boy's parents faced a "Sophie's Choice" dilemma: him or his sister. After escaping slaughter in Congo and Rwanda, the family waited in a Tanzanian camp for nearly a decade. Rape was common there, and Bill's teen...
The 2006 election in the Democratic Republic of Congo was supposed to usher in a new period of peace and stability for the beleaguered, exhausted Congolese people. Instead, it made one of the country's most intractable problems worse. After the election, the small but powerful Tutsi community in Eastern Congo...
Vote for the Fiona Lloyd-Davies documentary for the 2015 favorite in the World Humanitarian Awards.
Reporters in one of the largest ever journalistic collaborations in Africa spent months unearthing court records and hushed-up government audits to tell human stories of mining's impacts in Africa.
Furthering its mission to support freelance journalists and top quality foreign reporting, the Pulitzer Center announces its Catalyst Fund.
Scientific detective timeline tracing the origins of HIV nominated for best science website.
Executive Director Jon Sawyer and Contributing Editor Kem Knapp Sawyer speak about how the Pulitzer Center is evolving in today's media landscape.
"Rise of the Killer Virus" is a scientific detective story that crisscrosses the globe, finding clues that are rewriting the story of the global pandemic of HIV and revealing startling facts about its
Ending sexual violence is a moral challenge that isn’t confined to a faraway place in Africa.
A million Chinese migrants, and billions of dollars in trade and investment, are reshaping Africa. Ian Johnson reviews Howard French's new book and the Pulitzer Center e-book by Jacob Kushner.
Kem Knapp Sawyer answers questions about the Pulitzer Center's newest e-book, Congo's Children.
"Congo's Children," our newest e-book, draws on reporting, photographs, and videos by Kem and Jon Sawyer to show the struggles–and the triumphs–of the young people who will determine Congo's future.
Fiona Lloyd-Davies' documentary on rape in the Congo is lauded as a "visually stunning and gut-achingly harrowing new film."
The Pulitzer Center staff shares favorite images from 2013.
In this lesson, students will investigate their daily cost of living and develop and understanding of the safety structures in their environments.
In this lesson, students will explore controversy about India's midday meal program and consider how school lunches around the world compare to their own experiences.
This lesson plan outlines a project that allows students the opportunity to connect with a contemporary crisis somewhere in the world.