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Like a biblical plague, locusts swarm East Africa, laying waste to crops and livelihoods – Los Angeles Times (image)

Like a biblical plague, locusts swarm East Africa, laying waste to crops and livelihoods – Los Angeles Times

March 26, 2020

Schistocerca gregaria, better known as the desert locust, has smitten East Africa like a plague from the Bible. Read my report from Somaliland about how the pests have devastated farmers and pastoralists in East Africa.

Kenya has world-class runners but investors have been hesitant to back locally-made running shoes – Quartz (image)

Kenya has world-class runners but investors have been hesitant to back locally-made running shoes – Quartz

February 17, 2020

Kenyan runners are known worldwide for winning gold medals and breaking world records. But the country’s first performance athletic shoe company, Enda, ran into multiple hurdles when trying to convince investors at home and abroad Kenya could become a significant manufacturing hub.

Colombian Women Are Saying ‘Yes, We Can’ – Foreign Policy (image)

Colombian Women Are Saying ‘Yes, We Can’ – Foreign Policy

November 5, 2019

Colombia’s culture of machismo has created a backlash in the form of a new women’s political movement.

Women in Colombia Endured Horrific Abuses During Decades of Conflict. Now the Female Candidates Who Won in Elections Will Reshape the Country – TIME (image)

Women in Colombia Endured Horrific Abuses During Decades of Conflict. Now the Female Candidates Who Won in Elections Will Reshape the Country – TIME

October 30, 2019

Claudia Lopez’s election as Mayor of Bogota was a defining moment for Colombian women politicians. Find out why in my piece for TIME.

Will International Courts Investigate Pro-Trump Media? – Foreign Policy (image)

Will International Courts Investigate Pro-Trump Media? – Foreign Policy

August 14, 2019

Vermin, snakes, cockroaches, invaders—throughout history, politicians have used these words to describe people they’ve deemed unwelcome in their countries. But what happens when media outlets pick up this weaponized language, expand on it, and reverberate it throughout the nation? Are they, somehow, responsible for the outcomes that follow? Read my piece for Foreign Policy.

Solar Power to the People – DevEx (image)

Solar Power to the People – DevEx

June 17, 2019

Nearly 1 billion people – 13% of the world’s population – live without electricity, mostly in rural areas. In Africa, 1 in 3 people resort to using kerosene or can only work during daylight hours. Read my DevEx piece on different business models for solar solutions across the continent.

A Man-Made War Paid for by Women and Children – Washington Post (image)

A Man-Made War Paid for by Women and Children – Washington Post

December 13, 2018

Yemen’s four-year civil war has produced the world’s worst humanitarian disaster. The conflict between a Saudi-led coalition supporting the Yemeni government and Iran-aligned rebels has killed at least 10,000 people and pushed 14 million more to the brink of famine. Often overlooked in Yemen’s wartime narrative are women and children. Yet they are the ones most likely to be displaced, deprived and abused. These are their stories.

What #MeToo has meant around the world – DevEx (image)

What #MeToo has meant around the world – DevEx

November 28, 2018

When the #MeToo movement reached East Africa, it sparked conversations on Twitter and in the media. But social stigma, and a normalization of violence against women and girls means that few men have been held accountable as a result of the movement.

Women Want to Put Yemen Back Together Again – Foreign Policy (image)

Women Want to Put Yemen Back Together Again – Foreign Policy

November 27, 2018

Women in Yemen say they are being excluded from critical discussions about rebuilding the nation after war. Yemeni activists say the U.N. and the United States—actors that have committed to the inclusion of women in peace processes—have not insisted strongly enough on women’s participation. As I report from Yemen, without women, peace will be hard to come by.

‘We Are Willing to Die Here’: The Fight for Women’s Rights in Yemen – The New York Times Magazine (image)

‘We Are Willing to Die Here’: The Fight for Women’s Rights in Yemen – The New York Times Magazine

November 20, 2018

In Yemen, women and girls have been watching their human rights being eroded for decades. I traveled to Aden, Yemen to meet a group of women’s rights activists who are fighting to reestablish basic rights, empowerment and protection for women and girls.