Albino Children Hunted for Good Luck in Pre-Election Tanzania

October 23, 2015

Albino children are being killed and butchered in Tanzania for good luck. We all have our good luck charms: a rare coin, a grandfather’s watch, a childhood toy. In Tanzania, many continue to believe in the supernatural powers of albinos to bring prosperity and success—a belief that costs...

At What Point Do We Lose Our Empathy?

June 02, 2015

The problem is not our empathy, but the apathy created by our inability to do anything about our emotion.  There is no waiting space inside the Dar es Salaam airport, departure passengers sit outside to wait for their flights. It was on these uncomfortable benches, while eating Pringles and...

Jack in the Box: The Failure of Education in Sub-Saharan Africa

September 25, 2014

Schools in sub-Saharan Africa have suffered from the same ills for many years and require a radical shift in approach. Visiting classrooms in Tanzania sometimes feels like an exercise in redundancy. Almost every room looks exactly the same: lines of wooden desks facing forward; students piled on...

Connecting Power Grids Across Africa

August 22, 2013

Coordinating international efforts will bring faster results when dealing with energy issues in Africa. On his recent trip to Africa, US President Barack Obama announced his Power Africa initiative to spend $7 billion over five years to fund an electricity program in sub-Saharan Africa that...

Africa and Obama: Stepping into the Spotlight

July 24, 2013

African leaders must recognize their continent’s importance on the global stage. It was four years ago in the summer of 2009 when Barack Obama made his first trip to Africa as the US president. His stop? Ghana. For many people with little or no knowledge about Ghana, his choice of...

Obama’s Visit to Africa: Why Now?

June 25, 2013

With worldwide economic shifts, it is time Africa realizes the unique opportunities at hand. On the single longest trip of his presidency, Barack Obama is set to begin his week-long visit to sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) on Wednesday, which will see the US president travel to Senegal, South Africa, and...

Refugees in Africa’s Great Lakes Region: A Perpetual State of Exile

June 16, 2013

Repatriating refugees in the Great Lakes region often disregards individuals' circumstances, and may even put them at risk. A Refugee Life Jean-Marc is Burundian by nationality, but has never lived in Burundi. In 1976, he was born into exile in Rwanda where he lived as a refugee until...