The West African nation Mauritania celebrated its independence from France 50 years ago on Sunday. Slavery remains widespread in the poor desert nation of 3 million, despite several attempts to ban it.Seventy-two-year-old Abdul Kamara is a French-speaking Fulani from Southern Mauritania.
Each Thursday we hear about an individual who’s decided to work to make the world a better place.Amy Ernst has been volunteering with the Congolese organization COPERMA in North Kivu province in eastern Congo. The region has been ravaged by war and many of the victims are women. Th
When Libyan leader Col. Muammar Qaddafi travels around the world, he usually has a cadre of female bodyguards. But that’s not the only visible presence that women have in Libya. A little known fact is that Qaddafi opened up society to women when he took power 41 years ago.
Part three of fourIt's a short drive from downtown Nairobi to the neighborhood of Eastleigh, but it seems a world away. Known as "Little Mogadishu," Eastleigh is home to tens of thousands of Somali refugees.Somali music floats through the streets of this poor part of Kenya's capital.
First of four partsA pockmarked building, formerly Mogadishu's traffic police headquarters, is now one of the many front lines in the battle between Islamist militants and African peacekeeping forces in Somalia.The ragged structure, with its bloodstained hallways, is used now by peacekeeper
Last of three partsThe Nile River and Egypt have nearly always belonged in the same breath.The classic phrase, "He who has drunk from the Nile must return" is Egyptian -- not Ugandan, or Ethiopian, or from any other people touched by the river.Egyptians say that two colonial-era