With new efforts to eradicate the virus worldwide, and millions in US and foreign funding every year, some say the end of HIV/AIDS is near. But those same efforts are having the opposite effect in Uganda, where poor planning, lack of donor accountability and chronic budget gaps are leaving thousands of patients without treatment and US and Ugandan policymakers washing their hands of responsibility.Read More
Gay rights activists are celebrating after a Kenyan court ruled that subjecting suspected gay men to forced anal testing was illegal. The landmark case marked a significant shift in sexual minority rights in the country, which activists hope will eventually lead to decriminalizing homosexuality in Kenya and other countries in the region.Read More
Violent demonstrations erupted across Nairobi, just one day after Kenyans elected their next president.Read More
The usually congested streets of Nairobi were silent this morning as Kenyans quietly cast their vote for their next president. Many had left the nation’s capital ahead of Tuesday’s vote, heading up-country in hopes of avoiding the kind of violence that has engulfed their country in past elections.
But all remained peaceful as the majority of polling stations closed Tuesday evening, some voters still waiting patiently under night skies to see their tickets successfully placed inside a ballot box.Read More
It’s a strange feeling, spending an entire decade in unimaginable pain, only to have everything you’ve lost — your spirit, your passion, your sense of feeling human — quietly return to you.
But that’s what happened on January 26, 2012, the day I got my life back.Read More
In Kenya’s Rift Valley, known as the breadbasket of the country, almost one-third of the population is suffering from acute malnutrition; an ongoing drought and recent infighting ahead of August’s presidential elections are only worsening an already dire situation.Read More
Since its only external beam radiotherapy machine broke in April, Ugandans having been dying of treatable cancers.Read More
Driven out of their homes and displaced in foreign land, many South Sudanese refugees are struggling to reconcile with the complexity of war and dislocation. For some, that means blaming opposing tribes for the conflict. Still others refuse to cast blame on rival ethnic groups, believing that peace beyond those divisions remains possible in South Sudan.Read More
For researchers in Uganda — a country that has experienced five Ebola outbreaks — the threat of the disease that kills between 50 and 90 percent of all those infected, isn’t just a possibility pulled from 1995 bestseller, "The Hot Zone." For them, another outbreak of Ebola is almost certain.
Luckily, so is finding a cure.Read More
Like many photojournalists, National Geographic magazines have remained a tangible representation of my lifelong love of adventure and storytelling — a conduit that helped me develop an insatiably curious mind and deep appreciation for our collective humanity.
So, when I found an original June 1985 edition of National Geographic featuring the Afghan Girl on Wednesday afternoon — one day after Gula’s arrest — I was awestruck. It’s in almost immaculate condition — her eyes so much more vibrant in analog than digital.Read More