An Epidemic and Its Victims: Doctors Face Two Enemies in Fight Against Ebola

An Epidemic and Its Victims: Doctors Face Two Enemies in Fight Against Ebola

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 21, 2019

The second-largest outbreak of Ebola in history is ravaging the Democratic Republic of Congo. But as humanitarian organizations and the Congolese government struggle to fight the virus, they find themselves thwarted by the very people they are trying to help. By Fritz Schaap and Sergio Ramazzotti (Photos) more... Comment ]

Four Billion More: What to Do About Massive Population Growth

Four Billion More: What to Do About Massive Population Growth

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 15, 2019

The populations in the poorest countries on earth are doubling every few decades. That necessarily leads to conflict over scarce resources such as land, food and work -- and to more migration to Europe. But there are solutions. By Fiona Ehlers, Bartholomäus Grill, Laura Höflinger and Samiha Shafy more...


Smoke and Mirrors: Big Tobacco's Dubious Health-Conscious Makeover

Smoke and Mirrors: Big Tobacco's Dubious Health-Conscious Makeover

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 25, 2018

Tobacco companies claim they want to move away from cigarettes and focus on expanding the market for healthier electronic devices. But outside of Europe and the United States, they are still working to hook as many people on cigarettes as possible, even if it breaks the law. By Hauke Goos and Ann-Kathrin Nezik more... Comment ]

Shifting Overseas Route: Spain Becomes New Target for Migrants

Shifting Overseas Route: Spain Becomes New Target for Migrants

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 03, 2018

Although the number of migrants making their way across the Mediterranean to Europe has fallen drastically, the preferred overseas route has now moved westward to the strait between Morocco and Spain. Now Rome, Madrid and North African countries are battling to find a solution. By DER SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]


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 ]