Tristan McConnell is GlobalPost's senior correspondent for Africa and is based in Nairobi, Kenya.
He has lived and worked in Africa since 2004 and is also a correspondent for The Times of London and Monocle.
McConnell has written for magazines including the Columbia Journalism Review, London Review of Books, The Nation, New Statesman, New York, Prospect and the Virginia Quarterly Review. His reporting has won the Diageo journalism award and been recognised by the Kurt Schork Awards.
Kenyans vote for a new leader next week for the first time since the last election ended in more than a thousand deaths.
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With all the focus on military gains, the human impact of the war in Mali has slid from view. Aid agencies warn the combination of insecurity, food shortages and drought threatens the lives of a million people.
Tales of unimaginable torture are still painfully real for Malians who endured extremist rule.
France has urged the government to show “vigilance” against revenge attacks against Islamist insurgents.
Many in a key Malian town are grateful for the French intervention but fearful that the Islamists may yet return.
The US has begun transporting French troops to Mali. But some of France's opposition politicians doubt their soldiers are ready for ground battle.
In Mali, French troops face a formidable enemy in a hostile Saharan environment. The conflict could last months.
One small village in eastern Congo has reverted to the old ways, and it’s doing better.