11.06.2014

Slain Photographer Camille Lepage Remembered

French photojournalist Camille Lepage was killed at the age of 26 in the Central African Republic. Despite her youth, her passing leaves a huge hole in crisis reporting

In the evening she always sat at the same slightly wobbly table in front of Hotel Levy’s in Bangui, hunched over her laptop, her camera within easy reach. We, her colleagues, sat at the same table...[Lesen]

 
11.06.2014

Serving Lunch And Cheating Death In Mogadishu

The singular story of a Somali restaurateur who left the sweet life in the UK to return to his war-ravaged homeland

When the injured had been taken care of and the dead taken away, Ahmed Jama went to his kitchen. He tied the white apron around his waist and began cooking.

Soup with spinach, pumpkin, potatoes and...[Lesen]

 
11.06.2014

How The West Underestimated Boko Haram

The representation of the terrorists as some kind of bizarre cult has deflected attention from their outright savagery

It’s the look on the faces of mothers that Sarah Lawan finds so painful. And when the 19-year-old walks by them in the Nigerian village of Chibok, the mothers frequently break into tears.

Lawan, who...[Lesen]

 
10.06.2014

Ghana struggles to cash in "black gold" dreams

Five years after the discovery of a major offshore oilfield, people in Ghana are still banking on better times ahead - to the benefit of super expensive oil training schools

The route to the training center is a crumbling asphalt road losing its battle with encroaching vegetation. The guards sitting in a wooden hut to our right barely look up as we drive past. Ebow...[Lesen]

 
14.04.2014

Quick quick Nollywood style

After India‘s Bollywood, Nigeria produces the most movies on the planet per year. However, producers have big business drama: only one in ten DVDs is sold legally as piracy runs rampant

"Where’s the damn key?“ The meter is ticking on the set of “Behind Closed Doors II,” the sequel of a major Nigerian box office hit. Director Lancelot Oduwa Imasuen paces restlessly back and...[Lesen]

 
14.03.2014

Manola's story

Manola Rajaonarison thought she was going to Lebanon to work as a housekeeper. That’s what the agency said. What she didn’t know was that she would repeatedly be humiliated and abused

Standing at the window of the third-story apartment in Beirut, all Manola Rajaonarison could see outside were gigantic apartment blocks. In her hand, she held a piece of paper with her father’s...[Lesen]

 
14.02.2014

Flickers of hope

Plagued by civil war, terrorism and poverty, Somalia and its capital Mogadishu are often described as hell on earth. A handful of courageous citizens is trying to make a change

It was 2 a.m. when the black SUV of Fasul Abdullah Mohammed, al Qaida’s most important man in Africa, began to roll through the streets of Mogadishu. Mohammed was the mastermind behind the terror...[Lesen]