Eve Fairbanks

"I Have Sinned Against the Lord and Against You! Will You Forgive Me?"
A former apartheid leader is seeking redemption—by washing the feet of those he wronged
June 18, 2014

A moving story of redemption, and its complications, in post-Apartheid South Africa.

Oscar Pistorius' Paranoia
To understand his defense, you need to understand South Africa
April 16, 2014

To understand his defense, you need to understand South Africa.

Sending a Bunch of Fulbright Scholars Overseas Is Not 'Soft Diplomacy.'
But there are better reasons not to axe the program
March 28, 2014

Sending Fulbright Scholars Abroad Is Not 'Soft Diplomacy.' But There Are Better Reasons Not to Axe the Program

The Dark Spot of Nelson Mandela's Legacy
Is he responsible for South Africa's leadership crisis?
December 09, 2013

Is he responsible for South Africa's leadership crisis? 

The Scene Outside Nelson Mandela's Home was Not that Dramatic—Because His Country Has Become a Normal One
December 06, 2013

Media hype aside, the scene outside Nelson Mandela's house was not that dramatic. That's because he turned South Africa into a normal country.

Nelson Mandela, 1918-2013
December 05, 2013

He was a hero who ranks with Abraham Lincoln. But he left a more ambivalent legacy, too.

Africa's Obsession with Shopping Malls
Al Shabab attacked the perfect symbol of Kenya's rise
September 23, 2013

A year ago, a friend from rural South Africa called me full of excitement. His hometown, a large village called Burgersfort, was finally “getting on the map,” he said.

Nelson Mandela's Less Attractive Legacy
How will history judge the world's favorite saint?
July 18, 2013

Not as kindly as you think.

"You Have All the Reasons to Be Angry"
A mine massacre and the fight for South Africa's future
March 04, 2013

The liberation of South Africa was one of the great triumphs of the twentieth century. What happened next is one of the great disappointments of the twenty-first.

August 18, 2011

Outjo, Namibia—Growing up in Namibia in the 1980s, Willem Bezuidenhout was alone with his cowboy dream. He wallpapered his father’s house in the capital of Windhoek with posters of Hopalong Cassidy and shunned play dates to watch The War Wagon again and again in his darkened bedroom, pausing the tape to trace John Wayne’s image onto pieces of translucent paper that he pressed up to the screen. His playmates—the sons of Namibia’s white farmers, doctors, or lawyers, like his father—made fun of him. But that was before the white communities of southern Africa went crazy for country.