Amanda Sperber

Kenya

Kenyan Police Used COVID-19 Laws to Arrest Protesters, Then Put Them in the Same Cell

Police have used lockdown measures as an excuse to crackdown on residents, and the morning of this year's annual "Saba Saba" protest was no different.
Amanda Sperber
7.8.20
italy

The mafia is getting away with murder while Italians rage over migrants

“The mafia penetrates all the economic centers. It’s a sort of cancer.”
Amanda Sperber
3.2.18
The Tight Squeeze Issue

How a Repurposed German Warship Embodies the Aftermath of Colonial Africa

The present reclaims the past on a passenger ferry in Tanzania.
Amanda Sperber
3.20.17
Photos

How Women Are Surviving Constant Violence and Starvation in War-Torn Sudan

The Sudanese civil war led to the displacement and deaths of millions—but for women in the state of Blue Nile, the conflict isn't over yet.
Amanda Sperber
8.10.16
africa

In South Sudan’s War, Mass Gang Rape Has Become an Everyday Weapon

Tens of thousands of South Sudanese civilians are fleeing a scorched-earth campaign by militias allied with the government — one in which women pay the biggest price.
Amanda Sperber
3.11.16
africa

In Drought-Battered Somaliland, Climate Change Is Deadly Serious

A multi-year drought is killing off animals in the Horn of Africa, making life hell for the livestock herders who depend on them.
Amanda Sperber
12.5.15
Stuff

My Week at Feminist Camp

Earlier this month I watched a doctor demonstrate how to perform an abortion on a papaya. Apparently papayas are perfect teaching tools for abortion techniques because their shape closely resembles the anatomy of a uterus. This one of the many lessons...
Amanda Sperber
1.30.14
Motherboard Blog

This Tanzanian E-Learning Enterprise Is Beating MOOCs by Going Local

Despite the promise of MOOCs in developing countries, only local content appears to resonate.
Amanda Sperber
1.3.14
Motherboard Blog

The Fleeting Promise of Tanzania's Gold

Tanzania has some of the largest gold deposits on Earth, wealth that its citizens haven't shared.
Amanda Sperber
11.6.13
Motherboard Blog

Beacon, an Online News Startup, Wants to Put a Face on Paywalls

Beacon hopes that sponsoring individual writers will develop a platform for in-depth, quality journalism.
Amanda Sperber
10.24.13
News

Sudan Detained Journalists Who Supported Anti-Government Protests

In the midst of Sudan's ongoing economic crisis, President Omar Al-Bashir's regime decided to lift fuel subsidies, doubling prices. Citizens began to demonstrate in the streets on September 23rd, and in the last two weeks, authorities detained 70...
Amanda Sperber
10.6.13
Motherboard Blog

Protesters Are Dodging Sudan's Internet Shutdown with a Phone-Powered Crowdmap

SMS updates allow activists to keep up with protests despite the government's internet shutdown.
Amanda Sperber
9.27.13