Tag: Tanzania

Jane Goodall’s Hopeful Survival Guide for Humans

At a time when bad news — the pandemic, climate change, racial injustice — feels overwhelming, it can be surprising to hear from an optimist. Jane Goodall may be best known for her work studying the chimpanzees of Gombe Stream National Park in Tanzania, but her efforts to promote conservation through the Jane Goodall Institute […]

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When You Go to the Loo, a Bat Might Go Boo

Imagine you are at a research camp in the Tanzanian grasslands and you need to relieve yourself. You walk to the nearby pit toilet: a concrete slab with a tiny portal that opens into an eight-foot pit heaped with human waste. You drop your pants, squat and carry out your business. Suddenly you realize you […]

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Why Did Abdulrazak Gurnah Win the Nobel Prize for Literature?

Born in Zanzibar, Gurnah moved to the United Kingdom as a refugee after a military coup in 1964 that led to the persecution of citizens of Arabic origin. He has lived in the United Kingdom ever since and has written exclusively in English, his second language. (Gurnah is a native speaker of Swahili.) His first […]

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Why Did Abdulrazak Gurnah Win the Nobel Prize in Literature?

Born in Zanzibar, Gurnah moved to the U.K. as a refugee after a military coup in 1964 that led to the persecution of citizens of Arabic origin. He has lived in Britain ever since and has written exclusively in English, his second language. (Gurnah is a native speaker of Swahili.) His first novel, Memory of […]

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Nobel Prize in Literature: Read About Abdulrazak Gurnah’s Books

Abdulrazak Gurnah was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature on Thursday. He is the first African writer to receive the prize in nearly two decades. In its announcement, the Nobel committee praised “his uncompromising and compassionate penetration of the effects of colonialism and the fate of the refugee in the gulf between cultures and continents.” […]

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