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Religion serves as the social bedrock of many communities around the globe, while also acting as a source of division and conflict. Pulitzer Center stories tagged with “Religion” feature reporting on faith, its effects on people’s lives, and the role it plays in civil society. Use the Pulitzer Center Lesson Builder to find and create lesson plans on religion.

 

Wahala in Nigeria

The breakdown of election results continues to reveal prominent divisions between Christians and Muslims in Nigeria, and all the while police brutality across Nigeria is exacerbating the situation.

An Inglorious Death

Bomb blasts and sectarian violence are on the rise at polling stations and national elections commission offices in Nigeria in an attempt to disrupt three crucial polls taking place this month.

God is Everywhere

With a tense presidential race this month, Nigeria is performing a delicate balancing act aimed at warding off a repeat of the religious conflict that nearly destroyed the country at its inception.

Sudan Referendum

Fred de Sam Lazaro reports on the expectations and high hopes of the predominantly Christian southern Sudanese voters, who are heading to the polls in this historic bid to separate from Sudan's Arabic-speaking Muslim North. Rebecca Hamilton is interviewed in the piece.

Pastor Sainton During the Riots

In the midst of riots and cholera outbreak, Pastor Joel Sainton continues to minister to Haitians with HIV/AIDS.

Boy in Blue

The words cluster behind your teeth;
close in, the smooth patina, deep brown,
of your face is alight with the effort:
you, boy, carrying the weight
of an old man

Dying for Magic in Kampala (in Italian)

The Ugandan Police is hunting traditional healers who kidnap children to sacrifice them. And it's fighting against the greed of a new middle class, which rely on magic rituals to get richer.

Note: This article was originally featured in the German newspaper Sueddeutsche Zeitung, which ran this story shortly after Marco left Uganda. Story by Arne Perras, photos by Marco Vernaschi.

Click on the image above to read the article in Italian.

Uganda: A lawyer's brief, a mother's grief

Richard Omongole, a Ugandan lawyer and former country director for Amnesty International, is legal adviser to the Gideon Foundation, a small organization that was founded by the father of a child who was killed during a ritual sacrifice.

Uganda: The Man Behind RACHO

Job opportunities were low in Kampala so when a friend offered Paul Odida a job in South Africa the prospect of some money was encouraging. He sold his car, left Kampala on a bus, and headed for Johannesburg. What Paul didn’t know was that the job was to work as a “traditional healer”. Ugandan traditional healers are renowned throughout much of Africa as experts, but Paul had no idea of what the work was about.