Stories: Africa

  • Donald Trump’s War on African Women

    It was a Tuesday in the district of Merhabete, in central Ethiopia, and the smell of burning spices infused the air. Hundreds of people — men and boys herding donkeys and goats, and women cloaked in white cloth with baskets atop their heads — lined the gravel roads leading to the government-run health clinic; some had walked for hours to...

  • Europe is Spending Billions to Convince Africans to Stay Home—and It’s Not Working

    Standing in front of a packed classroom at a school in Iruekpen, a remote farming village in southern Nigeria, Precious Owens warns teenage students about the dangers of migrating to Europe. Recruiters trick people into thinking they can get a good job overseas, she explains. “They will come and tell you they have a salon abroad,” she says....

  • ‘A City Lost in the Desert’: A Visit to the Sahara’s Uranium Capital

    In May 2013, a car bomb detonated near the Somair uranium mine in Arlit, in northern Niger, killing one person. Moments earlier, in Agadez, some 150 miles south, Al Qaeda-affiliated militants waged an assault on Nigerien army positions that killed over 20 people. That same year, Niger’s two uranium mines produced...

  • One Uranium Mine in Niger Says a Lot About China’s Huge Nuclear-Power Ambitions

    The odds of finding much of anything seem slim in northern Niger’s unnerving expanses of hazy white desert. The land is so vast, so untethered from any obvious landmarks that when straying just a few hundred feet off of the inconsistently paved road between Abalak and Agadez, it’s hard to shake the fear that the driver...

  • WaterAid: Providing Safe Water and Sanitation in Ethiopia

    Water is essential to life. Without water, humans and our world would not survive. Yet, 11% of the world’s population –  783 million people –  do not have access to safe water. Although many people living in the western world including myself often take water, sanitation and hygiene (collectively known as “WASH”) for granted, there are...

  • Ebola a ‘Shared’ African Problem, Yet Nations Look to Their Own Needs

    East African leaders today acknowledged that West Africa's Ebola outbreak is unprecedented in severity and scope, and too big for that region to handle by itself. Yet at a gathering in Kenya the main focus was on measures to keep the virus out of their nations.  “This outbreak has transcended beyond the scope of any one country...

  • Why I Am Grateful for Traveling to Africa

      I have written before that only a few short years ago I never wanted to visit Africa because I believed what the media fed me about the continent. I believed that Africa was full of child soldiers and brutal dictators. Ibelieved that diseases were rife across the continent. I believed that every country...

  • A revolução do celular não chegou na agricultura da Tanzânia

    Uma série de empresas na Tanzânia, como no resto da África, está criando aplicativos para celular para que os agricultores possam se informar sobre preços das commodities. Parece uma coisa básica, mas é uma revolução, em um país em que a assimetria de informa...

  • Karibu! Dar es Salaam, Dia 1

    A fome na África é um tema que raramente merece notícias nos jornais ou TVs, a não ser quando ganha proporções catastróficas, como em 1983 na Etiópia. Ainda menos espaço é dedicado a matérias sobre a África que dá certo – esforç...

  • In Republic of Congo, a Revolution in Maternal Health

    At first glance, Central University Hospital in Brazzaville looks like so many other hospitals in so many other African capitals – home to dimly lit waiting rooms and dirty floors. But inside the freshly painted mint-green walls of the hospital's maternity ward, a revolution is happening. In 10 years, the country has reduced the number of women dying in child...