Stories: Violence

  • ‘I Don’t Go Out During the Day’: Inside Senegal’s LGBT Crackdown

    DAKAR, Senegal—Watching as dusk falls on the dusty streets of this city, Marie, a 27-year-old trans woman, explains that she only leaves her house after sunset. “I don’t go out during the day,” she says, flicking back her long red hair. “Only at night. I don’t even want to open my...

  • Sectarian Violence Flares in the Central African Republic, Killing At Least 12

    Sectarian fighting has erupted in Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic, in the city's worst violence since a ceasefire was signed between rival fighters in July. The clashes have reportedly killed at least 12 people, including a UN peacekeeper. This is the first UN death since the organization assumed peacekeeping duties here on September 15...

  • From Gunfights to ‘Mansions’: Inside Rio de Janeiro’s Smorgasbord of Favelas

    Just 50 days before Brazil hosts the World Cup, authorities beefed up security Wednesday in Rio de Janeiro after a violent clash between residents and police in a slum near the tourist haven of Copacabana beach. Turning the corner on a narrow, uneven footpath, a small white chapel comes into view in a plaza surrounded by whitewashed buildings with blue tile...

  • Mullah Radio: The New Leader of the Pakistani Taliban

    The Taliban commander who ordered last year’s attack on now-famous teenage schoolgirl and education advocate Malala Yousafzai has been chosen by the ruling council of the Pakistani Taliban as its new leader. Mullah Fazlullah, also known as Mullah Radio for his lengthy broadcasts across the Swat Valley during the Taliban’s rise in the area, will head...

  • “The Square” Resists the Usual Characters

    Over the years, I’ve had occasion to spend enough time with people who get reported about to hear this complaint: “We’re not characters. We’re people.” It stems, I think, from a misunderstanding: For many journalists, writing for character is fundamentally a sign of respect, but sources see it as dramatizing their reality....

  • Myanmar Violence Between Buddhists, Muslims Threatens Reforms

    U Abdul Samat spent his life farming the rice paddies that stretched, brilliant green, in all directions. Now he was nearly 90 years old, a great-grandfather who walked with a cane. He was also a Muslim, and the men who stormed his village with machetes were Buddhists looking for Muslims to kill. As the mob set fire to more than 100...

  • Love in a Time of Fear: Albino Women’s Stories From Tanzania

    For reasons still unknown to scientists, albinism seems to be most prevalent in sub-Saharan Africa. At a rate of roughly 1 to 35000, Tanzania has one of the highest incidents of albinism in the world. Here albinos live in fear for their lives. Everyday they protect themselves, some with wide-brim hats to hide from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays...

  • Myanmar Talks With Kachin Rebels Yield Agreement But No Cease-Fire

    One day after a seven-point agreement was signed between ethnic Kachin rebels and the Myanmar government, analysts and members of the Kachin community expressed skepticism that this represented much of a breakthrough. The two sides failed to agree on a cease-fire over three days of talks that ended Thursday in the Kachin state capital, Myitkyina, instead signing a pact...

  • Timbuktu’s Hopeful, Troubled Peace

    Photographs by Katie Orlinsky, reporting from Mali on a fellowship from the International Reporting Project. For the full story, visit The New Yorker. A Malian military convoy in downtown Timbuktu. A wedding celebration. The Sidi Mahmoud Cemetery, which was destroyed by Islamist militants. Community leaders leave a ceremony honoring Timbuktu’s Crisis Committee. A...

  • Pakistan’s Terror Capital: Inside Peshawar, a City Under Siege

    On Sept. 29, Naveed Qureshi was sitting in his shoe store in Peshawar’s historic Qissa Khawani market when it was shaken by a huge explosion outside. “All we could see was fire,” he says. “And there were piles of bodies, and body parts, everywhere.” A car bomb, packed with over 200 kg of explosives, phosphorus...