Three Years On, Still No Accountability for Our Son’s Death

Aug 26, 2020

Three years ago today, we suffered the most painful experience a family can endure. Our son Christopher Allen was murdered on the other side of the world, reporting on the civil conflict in South Sudan. A freelance journalist and dual US-UK citizen, Chris was only 26 years old and had a bright...

Donald Trump: The Hunger President

Apr 20, 2017

As famine descends on a huge swath of the globe, the White House is rolling back aid, ramping up conflict and risking more climate chaos. One death is a tragedy; a million deaths is a statistic. The quote comes from Joseph Stalin. The policy comes from Donald Trump. Trump famously changed his...

Africa This Month: Famine Fears After Drought and Flood

Mar 31, 2017

Climate change, droughts, floods, growing populations, civil strife, slowing economies and flailing states are putting lives of millions at risk. As these authors have pointed out earlier, Africa’s landscape is on uncertain ground as the global economy experiences a downturn. Of course, some...

South Sudan Turns Three: Gaza, Obama and South Africa

Jul 10, 2014

With carnage in Gaza, party politics in the US and injustice in South Africa, where does South Sudan stand today? I was asked if I could write an opinion piece about South Sudan’s independence day, as I have in previous years. But when asked, I realized I had nothing to say (yes, outspoken...

Creating Positive Change for the Deaf in South Sudan

Jul 06, 2013

A woman's strife for equality for the deaf in South Sudan. In South Sudan, life has been tough for those with disabilities. Limited access to schooling and a lack of public knowledge about disabilities have meant years of abuse for those with physical challenges. It was not until 2010 that the...

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