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Africa

Morocco Embraces Multilingualism

Morocco has doubled down on multilingualism to prop up an education system widely seen as inferior to that of past generations. What does this mean for students and teachers?

Cairo's Drivers' Roundabout

Egypt's drivers say poor quality roads dictate that they break traffic rules. The country's road planners say it's pointless to make improvements if people won't abide by traffic regulations.

World Faces Global Sand Shortage

Sand is the key ingredient that makes modern life possible. And we are starting to run out. Vince Beiser talks about the crisis with Morning Edition's David Greene.   

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.

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.

Interview with Jen Marlowe, Director of Sudan Documentary "Rebuilding Hope"

Christina Paschyn and Mark Stanley, Pulitzer Center

Pulitzer Center-sponsored filmmaker Jen Marlowe discusses her documentary "Rebuilding Hope" about three "Lost Boys" from southern Sudan who were forced to flee their country in 1987. In 2007, Marlowe and journalist David Morse documented the young men's return to Sudan as they sought to discover the fate of their homes and families.

Rebuilding Hope Wins Crossroads Film Festival Award

Jen Marlowe has won the Crossroads Film Festival Award in the "Transformative Film" category for her documentary Rebuilding Hope. The winning films were screened at the film festival in Jackson, Mississippi from April 16-18th.

Marco Vernaschi Wins Top Prize in PGB Award Contest

Marco Vernaschi has won "Picture of the Year" and 1st prize in "Picture Story of the Year" in the Photographers Giving Back (PGB) Photo Award contest. Vernaschi's winning picture shows the chair on which the President of Guinea-Bissau, João Bernardo, was executed just a few hours previously.

Marco Vernaschi Wins World Press Photo Contest

The winners of the 2010 World Press Photo Contest were announced February 12 in Amsterdam. Pulitzer Center journalist Marco Vernaschi won first prize for General News in the Stories category for his work on narco trafficking in Guinea Bissau. Vernaschi's photographs will be featured in a traveling exhibition visited by over two million people in 45 countries. The contest is recognized as the world's most prestigious annual press photography competition.

In Focus: Infrastructure and Instability in the Central African Republic

Among the poorest countries in an embattled region absent from international headlines, the Central African Republic combats challenges of corruption and underdevelopment similar to those faced by its neighbors. A hotbed for sectarian violence, three civil wars ravaged the CAR in the past decade. Existing population security is credited predominately to UN aid and multilateral foreign assistance, creating a state essentially reliant on political life support.

Marco Vernaschi Nominated for ICP Infinity Award

Marco Vernaschi has been named a finalist for the International Center of Photography's Infinity Award in Photojournalism for his 2009 work on cocaine trafficking in West Africa. He was nominated by Karen Irvine of the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago.

The ICP's Infinity Awards were inaugurated in 1984 to bring public attention to outstanding achievements in photography by honoring individuals with distinguished careers in the field and by identifying future luminaries. The program is well known as the most prestigious photographic awards ceremony in the world!

In Focus: Foreign assistance in East Africa

The New York Times today covered East Africa's biggest new development: Plans are underway for construction of what will become the region's largest port in Lamu, Kenya. Promising swift growth for Lamu, a U.N. World Heritage site possessing rare traditional Swahili charm, the port will likely jump-start lagging regional economic development. But the boost may come at steep costs to environmental and cultural preservation.

In Focus: Sudan 5 years later

Mark Stanley, Pulitzer Center

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Image by Jen Marlowe, Pulitzer Center grantee currently reporting from Sudan on the effectiveness of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement five years after it was signed.