The struggles of Bosnia’s local, small-scale beekeepers suggest that conserving wild habitats, fostering biodiversity and regulating the use of pesticides, all of which are worthwhile and much-needed initiatives, are inadequate strategies to keep the bees alive and humming in the face of advancing climate change.
The interior designs of the mosques in Adjara, Georgia, are unlike anything else in the Islamic world. Yet many are in various states of disrepair, and some have entirely collapsed, as the mosques’ defenders grapple with the best way to preserve this heritage.
After a New Lines/HumAngle investigation revealed thousands of men detained at the height of the Boko Haram crisis on suspicion of terrorism had been held without access to call their lawyers or families, the Nigerian army reversed course and has allowed detainees to contact loved ones for the first time in nearly a decade.
Lomelo in Turkana County in northwestern Kenya has been bearing the brunt of cattle rustling and armed banditry attacks between the Turkana community and neighboring Pokot for decades. Over time, cattle raiding has devolved into attacks on civilians and has turned the locality into a battlefield. There is no solution in sight to halt the insecurity.
Each year, fewer families are making the seasonal migration to Morocco’s communal mountain pastures, breaking with an ancient and sustainable way of life that has characterized the High Atlas for centuries, if not millennia. The decline of transhumance is pushing pastoral agdals to the precipice at a time when scientists say sustainable land-use systems are needed more than ever.
A global push for “green solutions” to climate change has driven many governments to pursue policies designed to keep the desert at bay by planting trees. But oasis communities in southern Tunisia are raising the alarm about the problem with a “great green wall.”
As fighting raged around Las Anod, many in the diaspora rushed to return, eager to support the movement and, perhaps, achieve the dream they had held for all those years in the West: a free state of their own, where the Dhulbahante people could live on their land in peace.