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Project Daniel: 3D Printing Prosthetic Arms for Children in Sudan

At age 14, Daniel Omar had both his arms blown off by a bomb dropped on his village, and considered his life not worth living. His story is not untypical. In this installment of Digital Diversity, we look at how the Not Impossible Team – after a trip to Sudan Nuba’s Mountains – set up…

July 6, 2014 Show: Whales vs. the United States Navy, and Visiting Every Country in the World

Traveling to every country in the world without flying. One man’s journey around the globe was punctuated by only a few stops in jail. And another man documents the fight in the United States Supreme Court between the Navy and whale conservationists who want to keep some parts of the oceans safe for the large marine mammals.

Discovering the Story Behind a Temple Devoted to the Cult of a Dead King

We have just finished our first week of excavation at El Kurru in northern Sudan. This site has been known to be an important center of ancient Kush since the excavations of the American archaeologist George Reisner in 1919. Reisner found a sequence of elite burials that began with traditional mounds and which changed through…

Poachers Capitalize on Chaos in Central Africa

Poachers are capitalizing on the disarray in the Central African Republic (CAR) and appear to be moving freely in a search of elephants. Late last year several columns of Sudanese poachers, up to 200 well-armed men, were spotted traveling across northern CAR toward Chad and Cameroon. Reports last week indicate that these poachers are moving back-and-forth between CAR and Chad.

Wrestling for Peace in South Sudan

In South Sudan, epic wrestling matches between rival tribes are a path to post-war reconciliation.

Elephants in Cameroon and Chad face imminent threat; Sudanese poachers en route from the Central African Republic (CAR)

Gangs of heavily armed elephant poachers have crossed the Central African Republic (CAR) from Sudan and are reported to be close to the southern Chad and northern Cameroon borders. Informers recognized one of the poachers as part of the group responsible for the killing frenzy that left roughly 650 elephants dead in and around northern Cameroon’s Bouba Ndjidah National Park in February 2012.

Elephant Poachers Caught in Chad, Protection Efforts Stepped Up

Following the capture of the poachers, Chadian communities have gathered to support the country’s elephants. The wildlife organization SOS Elephants, traditional leaders, and administrative authorities together have initiated an education campaign to explain why elephants deserve protection and how creation of a safe corridor could help.

Kony 2012: A New Video, and Lessons Learned

Invisible Children has released a new film in its Kony2012 campaign, one that, unlike its predecessor, puts the focus on the countries in central Africa where the murderous Lord’s Resistance Army is currently operating. The filmmakers clearly hope to make the most of the phenomenal reach of the first Kony2012 video, which has garnered more than 90 million views since it launched one month ago, and to address some of the fierce criticism the campaign attracted.

Kony 2012: A View from Northern Uganda

A former child soldier of the Lord’s Resistance Army responds to the clamor over Invisible Children and Kony 2012, the NGO’s campaign against Joseph Kony and the LRA.

Two States: Mass Murder in South Sudan

A year after voting for independence, South Sudan is at war with itself. A culture of cattle-raiding, twisted by automatic weapons, has caused thousands of deaths.

Can the Nile River Slake all Thirsts?

Dan Morrison’s book, The Black Nile, chronicles his journey along the Nile River from its source at Lake Victoria to its mouth 3,600 miles later at the Mediterranean Sea. National Geographic News Watch interviews him about his journey and his travel writing.

The Bus to Renk: Through Sudan Without a Gear Stick

In this excerpt from his acclaimed book, The Black Nile: One Man’s Amazing Journey Through Peace and War on the World’s Longest River, journalist Dan Morrison chronicles a bus ride across southern Sudan. It is part of his journey along the world’s longest river, from Uganda to Egypt.

Memories of Sudan

Sudan is in the news again, sadly as the result of another humanitarian crisis. In his eloquent, harrowing new book, Daoud Hari recounts his experiences working as translator during the genocide.

Sudan’s Dinka: Portrait of a People

See breathtaking images of the Dinka, Sudan’s legendary cattle keepers, from Angela Fisher and Carol Beckwith, legendary photographers of Africa’s traditional cultures.

Jon Waterhouse’s Healing Journey: Sudan

In a war-ravaged world that is beyond remote lurks an unseen killer named Kala-azar. National Geographic Education Fellow Jon Waterhouse shares a story of Old Fangak. By Jon Waterhouse In a very few days–on January 9, 2011–the people of southern Sudan will vote on a referendum for independence as part of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement…