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Video: A Small Antelope Horn

Sitting by the fire with a nomadic tribe, a physicist ponders the many shapes of wisdom.

October 16, 2021 · 4 Comments

Video: Thandiwe Newton | Embracing Otherness, Embracing Myself

Actor Thandiwe Newton tells the story of finding her “otherness” — first, as a child growing up in two distinct cultures, and then as an actor playing with many different selves. 

August 29, 2021 · Leave a comment

Patricia Jabbeh Wesley: When I Shut the Door

The news arrived by e-mail — a scribble of a long, single sentence, broken up, like little chunks of wood, the way a year is broken up into months and weeks, days, hours.

June 15, 2021 · 2 Comments

Patricia Jabbeh Wesley: Our Casualties

We were living at the Mount Clinton Internally Displaced Refugee camp outside of Roseville the day his death news came in. It struck something throughout the camp of thousands, like an axe cutting through hard wood…

January 18, 2021 · 10 Comments

Video: How Women Will Lead Us To Freedom, Justice and Peace

The former President of Liberia, Nobel laureate H.E. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf promotes freedom, peace, justice, women’s empowerment and democratic rule.

July 13, 2020 · 2 Comments

Adrie Kusserow: Bus Station, Kampala, Uganda

For Willem, age 3 . We are lost. . Holding you tight, the drunks pawing me . as I weave through the stalls sticky with beer and urine . looking … Continue reading

March 13, 2019 · Leave a comment

Adrie Kusserow: War Metaphysics for a Sudanese Girl

  For Aciek Arok Deng I leave the camp, unable to breathe, . me Freud girl, after her interior, she “Lost Girl,” after my purse, . her face: dark as … Continue reading

February 11, 2019 · 16 Comments

Adrie Kusserow: Skull Trees

South Sudan Arok, hiding from the Arabs in the branches of a tree,  two weeks surviving on leaves,  legs numb, mouth dry. When the mosquitoes swarmed and the bodies settled … Continue reading

January 14, 2019 · 1 Comment

Six Years in an African Village: An Interview with Jill Kandel

Originally posted on BREVITY's Nonfiction Blog:
A guest post from Lisa Ohlen Harris: I “met” Jill Kandel in 2006 when she submitted a wonderful essay to Relief Journal, where…

January 29, 2015 · Leave a comment

Nick Turse: How Not to Win Hearts and Minds in Africa

Hushed Pentagon Investigation Slaps U.S. Africa Command’s Humanitarian Activities.    DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania — Movie night in Mouloud, Djibouti.  Skype lessons in Ethiopia.  Veterinary training assistance in Garissa, Kenya.  … Continue reading

September 8, 2014 · Leave a comment

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