VIDEO REPORT: In Tunisia, reporters and editors at a former state-owned newspaper battle over its identity as the paper reinvents itself with reporting free from government censorship. Watch the video on Time.com
By Vivienne Walt ~ TIMBUKTU Stepping through a low doorway into his small house, Fida Ag Mohammed sits at a table and pats a pile of books in front of him. Even in the dim light it's clear that these are no ordinary volumes. The books are covered with intricately hand-tooled sheep- or [...]
By Vivienne Walt ~ FREETOWN In a hospital ward in Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone, Fatmata Conteh, 26, lay on a bed, having just given birth to her second child. She had started bleeding from a tear in her cervix, the blood forming a pool on the floor below. Two doctors ran [...]
VIDEO REPORT: In Freetown, Sierra Leone, I witness a young mother giving birth and then dying. The family is left to make sense of her death, and figure out how to raise the baby.
By Vivienne Walt ~ DUBAI and MANAMA It was the birth of his second daughter that finally forced Raju Singh's decision to leave home. The stonemason borrowed about $2,500 from a labor recruiter in his village in Rajasthan to pay for an air ticket to a place that seemed sure to provide a [...]
By Vivienne Walt ~ LVOV and REVA-RUSKA Treading across a snowy field in the middle of the Ukrainian town of Rava-Ruska, Olga Kushta says quietly: "This is where they were shot. I watched all the killings." Sixty-four years have passed since Kushta stood by the roadside with her teenage friends, watching Nazi soldiers [...]
By Vivienne Walt ~ KHARTOUM Late last year, Adam Ibrahim Ali and his two teenage sons fled their ravaged village in Darfur and headed for Sudan's capital, Khartoum, riding on trucks and walking for days under the blistering desert sun. When they arrived in this dusty city on the Nile, Ali fashioned a [...]
A new Hollywood movie is raising tough questions about Africa's bloody diamond trade. Fortune's Vivienne Walt reports from the pits. By Vivienne Walt ~ SIERRA LEONE Sahr Amara is stooped low, knee-deep in a muddy river, in the fifth hour of his workday. As he has each day for the past week, the [...]