Stories: Lesotho

  • The Draining of Lesotho

    Juliette Letotokoto, a recently widowed farmer, stands on her small plot of land on the outskirts of Lesotho's capital and takes stock of her crops. It's late May, and by now she'd typically have a rainbow of plants to harvest: cabbage, peppers, chilies, beetroot. But today the predominant color is pale brown, a hue found in the...

  • Fighting the Legacy of Mining in Lesotho

    On a hard shoulder of the God Help Me Pass, a road snaking through the vast peaks of Lesotho, a landlocked mountain kingdom in southern Africa, men who worked for years underground line up in the bright sun outside a cluster of tents. A blanket wrapped around her waist, Seipati, a 27-year-old mother of two, is here for the free...

  • Habitat for Humility: Voluntourism in Lesotho

    Lesotho is a tiny country surrounded completely by South Africa, and that’s about all I knew about it when I arrived in the summer—their winter—of 2005. I was a college sophomore, and I’d come with fifteen or so classmates for five weeks of volunteer work and research, or what passes for research among...

  • Water’s Worth

    A country has to sell what it's got. Lesotho always had more rain and snow than it knew what to do with. So Lesotho made a deal with its neighbor, South Africa, to buy the water. The country moved rivers and built one of the most impressive water projects in Africa to deliver it. Then the drought hit. ...

  • Was It Worth It for Lesotho to Sell Its Water to South Africa?

  • How Planned Parenthood Is Empowering Young People in Lesotho

    A crew of twentysomethings spend the afternoon on a bench outside the Lesotho Planned Parenthood Association. Two young women braid the hair of a third friend, and two guys sit alongside them, potentially flirting. “It’s a good place to hang out because, surprisingly, we might have some session as the youth where we talk about HIV and...

  • HIV/AIDS Patients in Lesotho Turn to Traditional Medicine

      A photo posted by Virginia Quarterly Review (@vqreview) on Dec 28, 2015 at 12:47pm PST Maseits’iro Seits’iro sits down at a table in her small office and lights four tall candles so she can receive prophecies from the ancestors. A seashell beside the candles helps her see evil spirits, the “heathens.” As a child, she...