Africa

You'll Probably Never Catch Ebola—So Why is the Disease so Terrifying?
August 12, 2014

We like to think we've conquered disease. In reality, we're not even close.

Americans Think Africa Is One Big Wild Animal Reserve
Delta and 'The Lion King' are part of our long history of stereotyping the continent
July 08, 2014

Delta and 'The Lion King' are part of our long history of stereotyping the continent.

Hell Is an Understatement
A report from the bloody, crumbling Central African Republic
April 30, 2014

We've seen this before: dead bodies on the side of the road. Stoned kids with huge guns. But damn us if we don't lift a finger for the Central African Republic.

Comic Book Convinces Kenyans to Dye Their Chickens Pink
It does good things for education, too.
March 07, 2014

It also has good advice about chickens.

How Did Zimbabwe Become So Poor—And Yet So Expensive?
The shockingly high prices of one of Africa's most impoverished countries
January 05, 2014

The shockingly high prices of one of Africa's most impoverished countries.

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.

The Next Darfur?
In Sudan's Rebel-Held Nuba Mountains, War Rages On
June 28, 2013

SOUTH KORDOFAN, SUDAN — The squat, tin-roofed buildings of the Mother of Mercy Hospital lie surrounded by rocky hills in a natural amphitheater in Sudan’s rebel-held Nuba Mountains.

What Qaddafi’s Fall Means for His Evil Minions in South America, Asia, and Africa
August 26, 2011

Judging from the fervor of their celebrations, the Libyan people are acutely aware that they will benefit from the fall of Muammar Qaddafi. But Libya is hardly the only country that has reason to rejoice. As committed as the dictator was to destroying his own country, he posed an equal—perhaps even greater—danger to developing countries in other parts of the world. From the time he assumed power, Qaddafi leveraged Libya’s oil money, and his own willingness to have his country become a pariah state, to support insurgencies from East Asia, to South America, to southern Africa.

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