The modern pirates of West Africa and Somalia are no swashbuckling buccaneers. They are maritime bandits, disrupting some of the world's busiest shipping lanes and costing the global economy billions. Recently, they've stepped up their brutality. What caused this piracy? How can it be stopped? GlobalPost investigates.
CAPE TOWN, South Africa — Sitting in a small concrete park on a Friday afternoon, Athi faces the train tracks that divide the largely black township of Philippi into two parts — Philippi West and its somewhat wealthier neighbor Philippi East, a rival gang territory.
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa — It was a sleepless night for Sipho Mpofu and her one-year-old son, Junior. After days of vomiting, the boy was squirming restlessly in bed with a high fever. Just as Mpofu’s concern edged toward despair, she remembered a text message she had received several months before that recommended giving a solution of salt and sugar to a baby with an upset stomach.
LOLODORF, Cameroon — Just outside this small crossroads town, in an isolated village in the lush jungle, there is a neatly lettered green-and-white sign posted with an arrow and the following words in French: “The community health worker is here.”
Under that are logos of various health organizations, plus one you might not expect: ExxonMobil.
BENI, Congo — Every summer since 2010, Kasereka Mahamba has visited each of his neighbors, one by one.
They live in mud houses that dot the side of a steep hill in north Kivu, Democratic Republic of Congo. While neighborly visits are always welcome in this part of the country, Mahamba’s are of an official nature. His job is to hand out free medicine.