Stories: Africa

  • India Battles Malnutrition With Local Product

    Inside a small shack in Mumbai’s largest slum, Dr. Evelet Sequeira struggles to coax a 3-year-old girl onto a baby scale. Sequeira is with a local aid organization called SNEHA that wants to know how many children in the slum have slipped from a stage of moderate malnutrition to what’s known as severe acute malnutrition. &ldquo...

  • Sarah Obama: Barack Was Born in America

    When I was in Kenya earlier this summer with the International Reporting Project, we met with Sarah Obama at her home near Kisumu for a 45-minute interview. She is President Obama's step-grandmother, and she attended his presidential inauguration. During the interview, she was asked by Irin Carmon about "people who believe the president was born in Kenya." Sarah Obama...

  • Hungry for Change

    The Last Hunger Season by Roger Thurow is the story of a group of Kenyan farmers working to transcend lives of dire poverty and hunger. It highlights the challenges, and necessity, of transforming African agriculture. Much of Africa’s agricultural technology has lagged behind that of the rest of the world, but with the right seeds, fertilizer, and...

  • After Eighty Years, No Prosecutions for FGM in the UK

    As long ago as 1932, the MP Colonel Wedgwood (direct descendent of the famous potter) spoke in parliament on the 'horrible practice of female circumcision' that he had seen in Kenya and questioned any acceptance of 'their customs...their cruelties'. It’s a practice that involves the partial to complete removal of a girl’s external genitals which inevitably...

  • Community Approach to Youth Development and Reproductive Health

    Visit to Kibera, Africa’s Largest Slum On our first day in Kenya, IRP's group of eleven international bloggers drove five kilometres from the city-centre of Nairobi to Kibera. The purpose: tour the slum, meet with community outreach groups working on sanitation and youth empowerment, visit families struggling with poverty, look at their access to family planning and...

  • Conservatives’ Other Kenyan Obsession

    Stateside, the warm ties between U.S. evangelicals and conservative African clerics are visible only in glimpses: the footage of Sarah Palin’s Assembly of God church hosting a minister who cast out demons, the notorious Kill the Gays bill in Uganda. But a new report casts light on how, with relatively little funding, American social conservatives are trying...

  • The Ghosts of the 1994 Genocide in Rwanda’s Churches

    Rwanda has come remarkably far since the genocide of 1994, but reminders still haunt its landscape. Ed Robbins, a freelance videojournalist for TIME and IRP, reported from Rwanda on an IRP Gatekeeper Editors trip.

  • Boom Country

    Samuel Siringi, 36, is one of 27 siblings. “My father put together three wives who had 27 children between them. My family ran out of names for the children so we have the same names for all the boys born in the same year to different mothers. We have three Moses, Up, Middle and Bottom, depending on the part of the...

  • Die Kosten von „umsonst“

    Read an English translation.  Oft habe ich in den letzten sieben Tagen gehört, dass ein bestimmter Service „free“, also umsonst, wäre. Grund­schule ist natürlich „free“. Und selbst Verhütungs­mittel gäbe es so. Doch immer wenn ich mich mit Menschen unterhalten habe, die...

  • The Cost of “Free”

    I have often heard over the past seven days that a particular service would be “free.” Elementary school is, of course, “free.” Even contraceptives. But whenever I’ve spoken to people who are dependent on a service, particularly because it is free of charge, a different picture is painted. “I can’t send...