Stories: Tanzania

  • The hero rats of Africa sniff out land mines — and TB infections

    MOROGORO, Tanzania — The grass is still damp with dew as the sun begins to glint over the Uluguru Mountains. It’s only 7 a.m. in Morogoro, Tanzania, but Oprah and Malala and Taylor Swift and the others are already hard at work. They are heroes in the region, literal saviors to thousands of Tanzanians and those in the...

  • Meet Our Newest Fellows

    The International Reporting Project is awarding fellowships to report on different topics around the world. The deadline to apply for the gender/LGBTI rights and religion reporting fellowships for late-fall and winter travel is rolling. The application for peacebuilding and conflict resolution in Africa as well as the Senegal group trip is closed and fellows have been selected.   ...

  • How Tanzania Is Cracking Down On LGBT People — And Getting Away With It

    ZANZIBAR — Mohamed had just finished a beer at one of the cluster of bars popular with gay men, just beyond touristy Stone Town. It was around midnight on a Friday in December last year, and he noticed a police officer he knew — Zanzibar is like a small town; most gay men know the local police, and the officers...

  • Strung Out in Tanzania

    This AJ+ short documentary follows Stamil Hamadi, an addict and sex worker who has cycled in and out of treatment since 2012. She hopes to kick the habit for good, but every day is a struggle. Every morning, hundreds of Tanzanians make their daily sojourn to a breezy open-air methadone clinic at Muhimbili National Hospital. The journey is not always smooth....

  • Radio y móvil, armas campesinas

    Hace siete años en su casa de Nambala, un pueblo chiquito al norte de Tanzania, Mariam Ally, 50 años, rostro redondo y lozano, labios como gajos de naranja, pensó que se moría. Su marido acababa de fallecer de sida y ella enfermó del estómago durante cinco meses, medio má...

  • 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...

  • Farming While Pregnant in Tanzania

    Across Tanzania's multicultural landscape of an estimated 47 million people and more than one hundred ethnic groups, women, wives in particular, play major roles in sustaining family livelihoods. With more than 75 percent of the population living in rural areas, farming comprises up to 75 percent of Tanzania's workforce and farming while heavily pregnant has lead to considerable cause for alarm...

  • Homeless in Tanzania

    Sixteen-year-old Lenard Baraka grips the air above his head. He is miming how, four years ago, he slipped under a car, grabbed onto the chassis and held on, upside down. He doesn’t remember how long the trip took, but it was ‘very far’. This was how Lenard ran away from home at 12 years old, and the...

  • 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...

  • In Tanzania, Farmers Reap the Benefits of Radio

    How do you share ideas – including potentially transformative ones – with people who do not have Internet access, are largely illiterate, and live far from paved roads? Even in today’s hyper-connected world, most farmers in Tanzania – who make up 75 percent of the country’s population of  48 million –...