Stories: Children

  • The child brides of Nepal: why education alone is not enough to stop underage marriages

    Inside the house of her husband’s parents, Apsara Devi Sah sits on a mat in a small, windowless storage room with a mud floor. Three days after her wedding she is still dressed in bridal finery – an ornately embroidered yellow veil and dress dipped in red, elaborate mehndi snaking down her arms and legs. Dozens of green,...

  • In Uganda, Fostering a World Without Adoption

    In 2011, a young Ugandan woman I’ll call Evelyn learned she was HIV-positive when she was six months pregnant. Her husband’s family blamed her for the diagnosis, and declared they would find him a new wife. Newly alone and vulnerable, Evelyn was at a loss when she learned her newborn son “Joshua” was positive...

  • Charlize Theron Calls Out Racism’s Role in the AIDS Crisis

    Charlize Theron has identified the real reason AIDS is still an epidemic, despite all the tools we have to fight the disease. At the opening ceremonies of the 2016 International AIDS Conference, the actress, who founded the Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project in 2007, asked the audience why so many people are still infected with HIV each year — and...

  • South Africa Diary: A Safe Place for Those Impacted by HIV

    Lindiwe was clearly nervous; she had just started talking about it. She’s 22, and it’s taken a year of therapy and a lot of personal work to get her to the point where she can tell her story. Lindiwe Madoenda, 22, stands in the courtyard at Nkosi's Haven. Her uncle began molesting her when she...

  • Guatemalan Children Return From Mexico Shelters ‘in Very Bad Shape’

    The reunion lasts only a few minutes — just long enough for Marta to bury her face in her grandfather’s chest and for her grandmother to shed several tears. Then Marta and her brother, Sergio, who are in government custody, are ushered away. No words are spoken. None are necessary. The children are back in Guatemala. They failed...

  • A Homecoming Racked With Guilt and Shame for Guatemalan Migrant Children

    They arrive without shoelaces — Ana with her long hair, Juan with his nervous, darting eyes and Adan with his anger. Because they are children and are traveling alone, they are escorted from the airplane to a cordoned-off section of the main building at the Guatemalan Air Force base at La Aurora international airport. The government psychologist assigned to watch...

  • Travel Log: Nurse, Mother, Change-Maker

    Luisa Notta has been a nurse for 10 years now. She is based in the children’s wing of Manhiça Hospital. The pediatric section has 32 beds. In the height of malaria season she can have up to 60 children and their mothers in the unit, and in low season she has around 18-20 children. She is also a mother...

  • Childhood Stunting Slows Public Health Progress in Tanzania

    Yasin Issa thinks he is too small for his age. The 13-year-old boy stands less than four feet tall. He wears a thick brown canvas jacket around his petite body and plays with his friends on one of the many hilltops in his neighborhood nestled on the slopes of the Uluguru Mountains in eastern Tanzania. "We don't eat...

  • Inside a Malaria Treatment Center

    I have been told enough harrowing personal stories and have read enough reports to understand contracting malaria isn’t a cakewalk. And for children (especially those under the age of five) and expectant mothers malaria can be deadly. Fortunately with rapid diagnosis and malaria treatments children as well as adults can experience speedy recoveries from a disease that is...

  • Jacarandas and Children: Reflections on Tanzania

    It’s been exactly three weeks since I left Tanzania and my mind is pregnant with vivid thoughts. I must deliver. On an excursion made possible by the International Reporting Project of the John Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, I joined 11 brilliant reporters to travail the valleys and hillsides of the place called Tanzania. Here is where...