Development & Education

Development & Education

Why some Kenyan villagers take AK-47s to fetch water

On the border with South Sudan, is a Turkana village called Loblono, in Northern Kenya. These Turkana people have survived for centuries in one of the harshest landscapes on earth, the dry-as-a-bone desert that also stretches across South Sudan and Somalia. They live a nomadic lifestyle based on herding cattle, chasing the rain and the grasslands that sprout from the desert when it’s wet. The Turkana have always been in conflict with neighboring tribes, like the Poquot and the Taposas. But, in recent years, dwindling water supplies have exacerbated the conflict on this smallest of scales.

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A novice humanitarian aid worker confronts mayhem in the field

Imagine you're 27 years old, and assigned to one of your first humanitarian aid missions. You land in Darfur and find yourself in charge of a camp of some 24,000 desperate Sudanese, many fleeing violence and literally knocking down the doors of your home base. That's just the opener in Jessica Alexander's new memoir: Chasing Chaos: My Decade In and Out of Humanitarian Aid.

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School Year Blog: Chemistry Champions of South Africa, and Now the World?

Last year, Abongile Xeketwana and Monwabisi Dingane designed a chemistry experiment that was good — really good. It won the Cape Town city high school chemistry competition. Then it won the provincial competition. Then it won the national competition. That's right — two kids from Khayelitsha are, one could argue, the top young chemists in South Africa.