Sub Saharan Africa Archive

Victoria Falls bridge, linking Zambia (on the left) and Zimbabwe

A walk from Zimbabwe to Zambia

Border zones are fascinating places, and the area around the Zimbabwe-Zambia border at Victoria Falls is no exception. The two countries are connected by a 110 year-old bridge spanning a gorge over the Zambezi River, just downstream of the falls. Vehicle traffic lines up on …
Madiba

Remembering Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela, anti-apartheid icon and former South African president, died at his home in Johannesburg on December 5, 2013 at the age of 95. I was fortunate to be in South Africa at the time, and to be a part of the …
Victims of the 1994 Rwandan genocide (KIgali Genocide Memorial.)

Nineteen years later: Rwanda 2013

In March 2013, I spent several days in the small central African country of Rwanda. It is a beautiful place of verdant hills, picturesque villages, and majestic volcanic mountains. Thanks to its high elevation it has a balmy climate despite its tropical …
Along the road from Kigali to Ruhengeri

A Rwandan journey (video)

Along the road from Kigali to Ruhengeri   On the last day of my March 2013 visit to Rwanda I traveled from the capital city of Kigali, in the center of the country, through the hills to the town of Gisenyi in …
A Tale of Two Cemeteries

A Tale of Two Cemeteries

In August 2011, I led a small group of American students on a study abroad program in South Africa. At the beginning of our trip we visited the Irene Concentration Camp Cemetery and Memorial near Pretoria, home to the remains of more …
Maurice and David, August 2011/

Strangers in a strange land

Maurice is round-faced, bespectacled, and jovial 27-year-old who works as a chef in a guesthouse in suburban Johannesburg. Since the guesthouse serves only breakfast, his working day here lasts only three hours. But his commute is long; he lives in Roodepoort, a …