Ruth MacLean

africa

'We Have to Break the Culture': Meet the Women Fighting Congo's Rape Epidemic

For years now the international community has made a lot of noise about mass rape in DRC's conflict — but nothing has changed. VICE News spoke to Congolese women taking matters into their own hands.
Ruth MacLean
10.30.15
Health

'Everybody Thought it Was Witchcraft, so He Died': Doctors Fight to Change Beliefs and Save Lives on Remote DRC Island

On the remote island of Idjwi in Africa's Great Lakes, locals believe rampaging tropical diseases are the manifestation of curses inflicted upon people who deserve to suffer.
Ruth MacLean
5.12.15
africa

'How Can They Kill Us Like Chickens?': Pitched Battles Erupt in Durban After Weeks of Xenophobic Attacks

South African police clashed with warring groups of locals and foreigners on a day intended to promote peace and an end to the violence that has killed at least five people and forced thousands to flee to "refugee" camps.
Ruth MacLean
4.17.15
africa

Western Conservationists Are Ignoring Local Communities in Mission to Save 'Cuter' Animals

At a wildlife crime meeting in South Africa, activists said poaching could not be tackled without addressing the needs of the people that live with wildlife, who are often disregarded or mistreated.
Ruth MacLean
3.4.15
africa

'We Are Also a Species': Botswana's Bushmen Are Fighting Conservationists for Tribal Rights

Ahead of a major international summit on the illegal wildlife trade, the Bushmen and their British lawyer say their ancient way of life is facing extinction.
Ruth MacLean
2.27.15
africa

South Africa to Release Apartheid Death Squad Leader Known as 'Prime Evil'

Eugene de Kock was infamous for torturing and killing anti-apartheid activists in the 1980s and early 1990s. Now the decision to free him from jail is dividing the nation.
Ruth MacLean
1.30.15
africa

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta in Landmark Court Hearing on Charges of Crimes Against Humanity

Accused of orchestrating ethnic violence after 2007 elections, leader stepped down for one day to avoid being the first sitting head of state to face the International Criminal Court. Technically.
Ruth MacLean
10.9.14