January 11, 2013 The Mexican border city was the epicenter of the drug cartel wars, and it's still a violent place. Some 800 people were murdered last year, but that's down from 3,000 a couple years back. A priest who has lived through the worst of it says things are getting better.
December 19, 2012 In the aftermath of tragic events like the school shooting in Newtown, Conn., people often question why an all-powerful God would allow such evil to happen. Throughout human history, different faiths have attempted to reconcile belief in a benevolent God with the inevitability of human suffering.
December 13, 2012 Zakale Creations is a jewelry-designing operation that employs 30 young people — former thieves and prostitutes. The Nairobi-based operation is the brainchild of John Mucheru, himself a former mugger.
December 3, 2012 Early marriages and the sex tourism trade are grave threats to girls growing up on Kenya's Swahili Coast. Families often sell their daughters into marriage; others push them into prostitution. A coalition of educators, religious and traditional leaders is fighting back.
November 30, 2012 For many albinos — born with a partial or total lack of pigment in their skin, hair and eyes — life is difficult, and that is particularly true in Tanzania, where they are attacked for their flesh, the result of superstitious beliefs. More than 100 albinos have been assaulted since 2006.
November 26, 2012 London-raised Ahmed Jama won't give up on Mogadishu, even though his restaurants have been attacked by suicide bombers more than once. In fact, he's leading the city's cultural revival, one dish at a time, by offering residents and visitors a taste of authentic Somali cuisine and hospitality.
November 25, 2012 Fighting between rebel and government forces in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo has set off a humanitarian crisis. In one small refugee camp, workers from international aid groups are doing what they can to try and help some of the roughly 100,000 Congolese displaced by the fighting.