Month: November 2018

What happened after #BringBackOurGirls?

In 2014, the #BringBackOurGirls social media campaign transfixed people around the world concerned about the plight of 276 schoolgirls kidnapped by the terrorist group Boko Haram. More than four years later, the spotlight shines back on their plight, and that of thousands of women like them, in the documentary Stolen Daughters: Kidnapped by Boko Haram,…
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‘Liquid gold’: students make world’s first brick out of human urine

    Urine bricks created by students at the University of Cape Town. Photograph: Robyn Walker/University of Cape Town Students in South Africa have created the world’s first brick made from human urine. The bio-brick was produced by students from Cape Town, who collected urine from specially designed male urinals at the university’s engineering building…
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More than 380,000 people have died in South Sudan’s civil war

Soldiers of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army prepare to head into the north of South Sudan in October 2016. Heavy fighting had broken out between government and opposition forces in Wajwok and Lalo villages, outside Malakal. (Charles Atiki Lomodong/AFP/Getty Images) By Siobhán O’Grady September 26 Years of brutal civil war in South Sudan have left…
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As Rich Nations Close the Door on Refugees, Uganda Welcomes Them

ARUA, Uganda — President Trump is vowing to send the military to stop migrants trudging from Central America. Europe’s leaders are paying African nations to block migrants from crossing the Mediterranean — and detaining the ones who make it in filthy, overcrowded camps. But Solomon Osakan has a very different approach in this era of…
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What technology can do for Africa

Technology in Africa is making huge advances, says Jonathan Rosenthal. But its full benefits will be reaped only once basics like power supplies and communications are widely available TO FLY NORTH from Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic (CAR), is to look down on a country that has become hell. The dark shadow…
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