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Africa

South Africa: A Minefield of Hope....and Violence

The abandonment of South African gold mines—coupled with a high commodity price—has created a network of criminal syndicates operating in abandoned mines around Johannesburg.

Rwanda: Parks and People

Snapshots from Elham Shabahat's travels through Rwanda’s national parks to uncover the impact of conservation, climate change, and development on wildlife and local communities.

South Africa's Future Without Coal

As the world slowly moves away from coal-fired and other fossil fuel-based electricity generation, South Africa sits at a crossroads in determining its future energy portfolio.

Sudan: War Child

Two rounds of civil war have engulfed Sudan for the last half century, killing two million people and displacing four million others. A fragile peace agreement signed in 2005 that gave autonomy to the south for six years is currently keeping Khartoum from attacking again, but many predict that...

Water Wars: Ethiopia and Kenya

In Ethiopia and Kenya, dry seasons grow longer and tribal conflict over access to water is on the rise, exacerbated by the proliferation of arms from Somalia. With clean water access scarce, the burden of securing a daily water supply has become a daunting task.

Collateral Damage in the War on Terror: Somalia

In December 2006, Ethiopia toppled Somalia's Islamic government, opening up another active front in the War on Terror. The Bush administration provided the invading troops with intelligence and diplomatic support, in an attempt to capture or kill three senior al-Qaeda operatives thought to be living under the protection of...

Scars and Stripes: Liberian Youth After the War

Reporter Ruthie Ackerman and photographer Andre Lambertson travel from Staten Island to Liberia, investigating the lives and struggles of Liberian youth after the 14-year civil war.

Hope for Lwala

Seven years ago, Milton Ochieng' became the first person from his village in Kenya to receive a college scholarship in the United States. There was only one problem: His family could not afford the airfare. So neighbors in Lwala sold their cows, took out personal loans and raised nine hundred...

Across the Great Divide

Jeffrey Barbee set off Across The Great Divide with boat maker/Captain Andre Watson and first mate Deon Tulleken, exposing the most striking hot-spots of biodiversity in the Atlantic Ocean before they disappear. It's the first of a series of journeys undertaken by the video journalist to highlight climate change...

South Sudan: Rebuilding Hope

Gabriel Deng, Koor Garang and Garang Mayuol, Southern Sudanese "Lost Boys" in the U.S., were forced to flee Sudan as children when their villages were attacked in 1987, finding safety for a time in a refugee camp in Ethiopia until needing to flee once more, this time to Kakuma...

Ethiopia: Tainted Ally

U.S.-backed Ethiopian troops grabbed headlines in late 2006, invading Somalia to drive the Islamic Courts Union from power. Less known is the Addis government's massive persecution of its own people.

It is true that Ethiopia is at war — with itself. For more than a century Ethiopian...

Mozambique: Paradise Lost, and Found?

Before the Mozambican civil war, Gorongosa National Park was among the top destinations in Africa, with a higher concentration of animals than on the famed Serengeti Plain. But during the war, soldiers and other poachers killed these vast herds, planted landmines and destroyed the park's infrastructure. By the 1990s,...

Rwanda: Teens Reaching Across a Divide

Several Vermont high school students traveled to Rwanda in December 2006 to meet with teenagers orphaned by AIDS. The six students and adults from two schools filmed, photographed and interviewed Rwandan teenagers participating in a program aimed at helping them become financially independent.

The program, based in the Rwandan...

Congo's Conflict: Profit and Loss

Conflicts in the Democratic Republic of Congo have resulted in millions of Congolese lives lost, while benefiting the trade of small arms and valuable minerals like coltan.

Zimbabwe: Human Conflict/Environmental Consequences

In Zimbabwe, growing political and economic instability has put unprecedented pressure on the country's environment. Deforestation, poaching and unsustainable resource exploitation are destroying what was once among the best-managed park systems in Africa. As a result, people who depend on the country's natural resources - either for day- to-day...

This Week in Review: Salvation or Doom?

Pulitzer Center Senior Editor Tom Hundley highlights this week's reporting on Exxon Mobil’s multi-billion dollar Liquefied Natural Gas project in Papua New Guinea.