Tanzania

Conflict

An island refuge for Tanzania's albino people

Here in Tanzania, as well as in Malawi and some other parts of sub-Saharan Africa, albino body parts are sought after for potions and charms thought to bring luck and wealth, and many fall victim to murderers who dismember their bodies to supply this grisly black market trade.

Development

Reality TV's new stars are Tanzanian farmers

They farm on a set, but the stakes are high. These are the stars of a reality show called "Female Food Heroes," a Tanzanian TV show produced by Oxfam that aims to empower and educate rural women who feed most of the families in the African nation.

Environment

Zanzibar's 'Solar Mamas' flip the switch on rural homes, gender roles

On the Tanzanian island of Zanzibar, hundreds of households too poor and remote to have access to the electrical grid are getting low cost solar power for the first time, from a group of local female engineers trained by and Indian NGO. It's the first of several "solar mamas" projects planned for parts of rural Africa, and it's turning some traditional gender roles on their head.

Global Politics

Saving teen girls from early marriage — and mutilation

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A practice that often goes along with child marriage is female genital mutilation — the tradition of cutting a girl's clitoris before she marries. It's estimated that 125 million women and girls have had that done to them. And advocates say you can’t address child marriage without addressing this practice.

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Global Politics

Geo Answer Defunct place names

On today's Geo Quiz we want to know about geographic names that have disappeared. Here's an example: Tanganyika. Can you find Tanganyika on the map? Harry Campbell has written Whatever Happened to Tanganyika?: The Place Names That History Left Behind.

Global Politics

The murder of albinos in Tanzania

Tanzania's recently become known for something macabre ? the killings and mutilations of members of Tanzania's albino population. They're spurred by a lucrative trade in albino body parts for witchdoctor rituals. The World's Jeb Sharp reports.

Arts, Culture & Media

Mrisho Mpoto

Chances are you've never heard of the Tanzanian poet and performance artist Mrisho Mpoto. But in his hometown of Dar es Salaam, the 32-year-old Mpoto is a household name. From PRI's The World.

Lifestyle & Belief

Eco-Islam in Africa

In East Africa, a development project using Islamic ethics has taught locals the Koranic imperatives of conserving natural resources. Some say eco-Islam has taken root. From Pemba Island in Tanzania, Matthew Brunwasser reports.

Lifestyle & Belief

Geo Quiz and answer

Today's Geo Quiz asked listeners to name a protected natural area in Tanzania that is crossed by a massive migration of wildebeests each year. The answer is Tazania's Serengeti National Park. Benedict Moran reports from the Serengeti.

Sports

Bringing American football to Africa

It's football season again and Iowa's Drake University took the occasion to announce plans for its football team to play a game in Tanzania; the inaugural Global Kilimanjaro Bowl in May 2011. The World's Alex Gallafent reports.

Development & Education

Road safety in Tanzania

More than a million people die on the roads every year, the vast majority in the developing world. We go to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, to witness a slice of the global epidemic in road traffic injuries and what can be done about it.

Business, Economics and Jobs

Good news from Africa

While nearly all of the news from the African continent seems to center on fractured leadership in nations torn apart by violence and mired in poverty, there's a lot of good news to be found as well. The Takeaway talks with former U.S. Ambassador Charles Stith.