Julian Hattem is a journalist living in East Africa. He has written for the Washington Post, the Guardian, Roads & Kingdoms, the Atlantic and World Politics Review, among other outlets. Previously, he spent several years in Washington, DC, most recently covering national security and foreign policy for The Hill.
The changes come as migrants’ pathways across the Mediterranean evolve to make Spain the busiest gateway into Europe.
An invasion of banana bacterial wilt last decade was predicted to destroy 90 percent of the country’s crops at a cost of $4 billion. The disease was stopped, but only after expensive and protracted interventions by the government.
Twenty-three women have been killed since May under mysterious and gruesome circumstances on the fringes of Kampala, the growing capital of rapidly urbanizing Uganda.
The Bidi Bidi refugee camp in northern Uganda is now home to about 285,000 residents, nearly all of them fleeing civil war in neighboring South Sudan. The settlement is already larger than most Ugandan cities, and it's probably not going away.
The beach at Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh runs uninterrupted for 75 miles along the Bay of Bengal, enough to make it the world’s longest, according to the government’s tourism board. Bangladesh is hoping to boost tourism there, but locals worry that development is being hampered by hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees from Myanmar.
The Kajo Keji Health Training Institute was born out of a dream of improving the health and lives of residents of South Sudan, the world's youngest nation. After gunmen attacked the school last September, it seemed likely to become a casualty of a three-year civil war that has killed tens of thousands of people and sent more than 3 million fleeing from their homes. Now, like hundreds of thousands of South Sudanese, the school is rebuilding across the border in Uganda and waiting for peace to return to South Sudan.
Amid worsening violence in South Sudan, one of the world's fastest growing refugee crises is getting even worse.