May 3, 2022
The men sitting inside the open-backed safari truck were silent and tense as they pulled up alongside their target. A young male giraffe stood under the shade of a tall tree, seeking relief from the unusually brutal March sun. As he heard the tires roll over dry thorn bushes, he craned his long neck and perked up his ears.
The man in the passenger seat aimed his gun and pulled the trigger, hitting the giraffe squarely in the flank. The group let out a hushed cheer as the animal flinched.
A man in the backseat set the timer on his watch. “Seven minutes until he falls,” he whispered…
Read my latest on how the worst drought to hit NorthEast Kenya in decades is killing off its precious and endangered wildlife.
March 17, 2022
Global warming may shrink the total area that is most suited to growing arabica beans by about half by 2050, according to a recent peer-reviewed paper. Other cash crops including tea will also be affected.
February 8, 2022
Mozambique has been a key transit point on the international drug route for the last 25 years but it has had historically low rates of drug usage compared to its northern neighbors, Kenya and Tanzania. Now, this appears to be changing and both drug users and those working in drug recovery report an increase in the number of people using heroin across the country. Aid agencies and the government are scrambling to stem the rising tide of addiction.
December 31, 2021
As conflict rages in Cabo Delgado, women and girls are being used as sex slaves and forced to marry insurgent fighters.
December 16, 2021
Shipping lines flock to Asia-to-U.S. trade lanes at expense of many developing nations.
November 1, 2021
‘Everyone has to fight a war to stay here on Earth.’
September 16, 2021
Employees raised alarms about how the site is used in developing countries, where its user base is already huge and expanding.
September 3, 2021
Examples from around the world show that restrictions can actually lead to more, not fewer, abortions.
August 18, 2021
The oil firms have fled and an Isis-affiliated insurgency has engulfed the region. As foreign troops begin to arrive, hundreds of thousands face desperate journeys to try to find safety.
August 2, 2021
Fighting has displaced 364,000 children, with thousands ripped apart from their parents. Efforts to reunite families are slow and complex.