Fighting Boko Haram — A Long Battle Ahead

by Enia Bearzotti Although largely ignored by most mass media outlets in Western countries, the activities of Boko Haram are still ongoing and are affecting a significant portion of Africa. The group first gained worldwide attention in April 2014 following the kidnapping of 276 girls from a school in Chibok, Borno State. These missing girls…

Leaving the Tracks in Southern Africa

by Elisabeth Veit The dry green and brown shrubs of the northern Botswana savanna rush past the car windows like soldiers in camouflage. Eagerly they charge forward, then hesitate, stop. We drag the gear lever from ‘drive’ to ‘reverse’ and the soldiers beat a hasty retreat. Back to ‘drive’, the gear box grinding in protest.…

The War Comes to Africa

by Amanda Rohde Standing on the steps of Ngome Kongwe (the Swahili name for this old fort) in Bagamoyo, Tanzania, it is difficult to fathom the breadth and depth of this building’s complex history. Erected in 1860 by the Baluchi Indian Abdallah Marhabi, this citadel was seized upon Tanzania’s colonization by the Germans. Selecting Bagamoyo as…