Two Minutes of Happiness: A Failed Journey on the African Migrant Trail

Two Minutes of Happiness: A Failed Journey on the African Migrant Trail

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 10, 2018

Majid Diallo set off for Europe carrying the expectations of his friends, family and village. But he didn't make it. His story is one of struggle, imprisonment, several brushes with death -- and an excruciating return home. By Fritz Schaap and Sascha Montag (Photos) more... Comment ]

Population Explosion: Ethiopia's Plans to Bridge the Urban-Rural Divide

Population Explosion: Ethiopia's Plans to Bridge the Urban-Rural Divide

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 21, 2018

Ethiopia's population has tripled over the past few decades. Millions of farmers are leaving the fields only to end up living in the slums of huge cities. City planners believe they have found a solution -- in the remote countryside. By Rainer Müller in Buranest more... Comment ]


Preventing the Migrant Wave: Germany Exports Employment Offices to Africa

Preventing the Migrant Wave: Germany Exports Employment Offices to Africa

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 21, 2018

In order to combat the root causes of economic migration, Germany has opened a job center in Ghana that helps people find local employment. But what happens when German bureaucracy comes head to head with the everyday reality in Ghana? By Marian Blasberg in Accra, Ghana more... Comment ]

Geopolitical Laboratory: How Djibouti Became China's Gateway To Africa

Geopolitical Laboratory: How Djibouti Became China's Gateway To Africa

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 08, 2018

Djibouti, one of Africa's smallest countries, has become China's "strategic partner." The Chinese have built a military base and a port, and is currently constructing a free trade zone, fast establishing it as Beijing's gateway to the continent. By Dietmar Pieper more... Comment ]


Exit Eritrea: A Visit to 'Africa's North Korea'

Exit Eritrea: A Visit to 'Africa's North Korea'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 02, 2017

After Syrians, refugees from Eritrea have the best chance of gaining asylum in Germany. But are conditions in the isolated one-party state really so brutal? By Bartholomäus Grill more... Comment ]

German Development Aid in Africa: A Killing in Congo Reveals Human Cost of Conservation

German Development Aid in Africa: A Killing in Congo Reveals Human Cost of Conservation

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 01, 2017

On August 26, rangers killed a member of the Batwa Tribe in a German-funded national park, in eastern Congo. The Batwa had lived for centuries in the park before conservationists forced them out. Is German development money putting animals before humans? By Nils Klawitter more... Comment ]


Warlord City: The Business of Fear in Boomtown Mogadishu

Warlord City: The Business of Fear in Boomtown Mogadishu

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 27, 2017

Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia, is a city with little functioning infrastructure and a relentless cascade of violence. But some inhabitants of the city have been able to take advantage of the ongoing civil war to make themselves rich, and their business is feeding the horror. By Fritz Schaap and Christian Werner (Photos) more... Comment ]

Interactive Quiz: Where Hunger Is Still a Problem

Interactive Quiz: Where Hunger Is Still a Problem

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 26, 2017

The good news is that significant progress has been made in recent years in reducing the number of people suffering from hunger. But millions around the world still don't have enough to eat. How much do you know about the problem? By Marcel Pauly more...


Open Borders: Uganda Is the Most Refugee-Friendly Country in the World

Open Borders: Uganda Is the Most Refugee-Friendly Country in the World

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 13, 2017

Upon arrival in Uganda, refugees receive a work permit, 900 square meters of land and permission to remain forever. How is the small country in the middle of Africa able to do it? By Christoph Titz and Maria Feck (Photos) in Arua, Uganda more... Comment ]

Stemming the Flow: Why Europe's Migrant Strategy Is an Illusion

Stemming the Flow: Why Europe's Migrant Strategy Is an Illusion

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 06, 2017

Europe hopes that the fates of African migrants will soon be decided at facilities in Chad or Niger. It is a wonderful idea, but also a misleading illusion. In truth, Europe's primary focus is on shutting down the Mediterranean route. By Mirco Keilberth, Peter Müller and Maximilian Popp more... Comment ]