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Africa

My Smuggler, My Savior

They’re migrants’ only chance of making it safely across the Sahara. They’re also outlaws engaged in a deadly game of cat and mouse with Niger’s military.

Highway Through Hell

The human-smuggling route across the Sahara may have been the deadliest on Earth. Then the EU paid Niger’s army to shut it down — and made it even more treacherous.

The Deported

Europe is expelling thousands of Africans. To one Malian deportee, that looks like a recipe for revolution.

Mali's Migrant Crackdown

Europe has been helping fight the country’s jihadis for years. Now it’s turning its sights on human smugglers.

The Paradox Of Prosperity

Europe is spending billions of dollars to jump-start Africa’s poorest economies. But that may just accelerate the exodus.

NGO Water Sector Confronts Sustainability Problem

Of the 600,000-plus hand pumps installed in sub-Saharan Africa over the past 20 years some 30 percent are known to have failed prematurely.

Mary Wiltenburg Finalist for Livingston, Dart Awards

In 2010, Mary Wiltenburg was named a finalist for the 2009 Livingston Awards and the Dart Awards for Excellence in Coverage of Trauma for her Christian Science Monitor series on a Tanzanian refugee resettling in the United States.