Amanda Sperber, The New Humanitarian (formerly IRIN)

Amanda Sperber

The New Humanitarian (formerly IRIN)

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Past articles by Amanda:

Back from the brink? Somalia’s political crisis explained

Will today’s all-party meeting help steer Somalia away from an all-out civil war between opposition forces and those loyal to the president? → Read More

Somalia’s Government Has Lost Control of Most Of Its Capital

As different forces jockey for power in Mogadishu, violence has descended upon the city. → Read More

In Need of a Net - Stories by

History of Corruption Mozambique is well endowed with natural resources, but it has the ninth lowest human development index on Earth, ranking 180th out of 189 nations. The country essentially has a one-party government. FRELIMO (Portugese for Frente de Libertação de Moçambique or Liberation Front of Mozambique) has been in power since it won a war for independence from Portuguese overlords in… → Read More

Does America Know Who Its Airstrike Victims Are?

A recent strike in Somalia raises questions about whether Africom investigates civilian casualties. → Read More

U.S. Bombardments Are Driving Somalis From Their Homes

Airstrikes on al-Shabab have tripled under Trump. → Read More

U.S. Developing Supply Route Along Dangerous Stretch From Djibouti to Somalia

The project is part of a broader military entrenchment in Africa. → Read More

Al-Shabab Wants You To Know It’s Alive and Well

The brutal attack in Kenya is designed to show Washington and the world that the terrorist group is still a force to be reckoned with… → Read More

The global systems which enable major scale corruption in Africa can’t be fixed in Africa

Africa lost an estimated one trillion dollars in the last decade to money siphoned out of the continent → Read More

Somalia Is a Country Without an Army

The United Nations and foreign powers claim they are dedicated to building up the Somali National Army. Instead, they have become complicit in its dysfunction. → Read More

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.” → Read More

The night shift: Joining an ambulance ride for raped women

A call comes in at 4:58 p.m. The night shift hasn’t yet started, so the day team that has been working since 7 in the morning goes out. We leave at 5:30. There’s no explicit rush. The 11-year-old isn’t bleeding. → Read More

These Nairobi restaurants say they make the most authentic Mexican food on the continent

Nairobi Rice. Beans. Tomatoes. Avocados. Corn. Marinated, grilled meat. Reading the above, most in the West would assume this is a shopping list for a Mexican-themed dinner party. Kenyans might think they’re ingredients for a supper as well—their own. Despite being an Atlantic Ocean apart, Mexico and Kenya share many of the same fundamental ingredients in... → Read More

Shock and revulsion over Mogadishu bombing

If al-Shabab is behind this atrocity, it may not work to its advantage → Read More

Shock and revulsion over Mogadishu bombing

If al-Shabab is behind this atrocity, it may not work to its advantage → Read More

WMC Live #220: Amanda Sperber, Mary Mattingly. (Original Airdate 9/17/2017)

Robin on hurricane coverage, Trump's gutting Title IX, Big Tech malfeasance--and a personal word about Kate Millett. Guests: Journalist Amanda Sperber on an untold story--South Sudan's rapes; Mary Mattingly on Swale, the first floating food forest. → Read More

Somalia’s impossible fight against cholera

Cholera is hard enough to fight in a functioning state ­– try Somalia → Read More


Meet the woman who may be Somalia’s only female auto mechanic

Female auto mechanics are a rarity in Somalia. But this young woman's love for cars led her to break the stereotypes. → Read More

Somalia is in its third week of an internet blackout and it’s hurting grassroots aid relief efforts

Mogadishu The internet has been down in Somalia since June 24, when an anchor from a Swiss-owned ship, MSC Alice, cut the single fibre cable that links Somalia to the rest of the world. The fallout has been immense, with the government declaring that the country is losing $10 million a day in business. Somalia already has... → Read More

How a Repurposed German Warship Embodies the Aftermath of Colonial Africa

The present reclaims the past on a passenger ferry in Tanzania. → Read More

Beijing Blasts New U.S. Sanctions on North Korea

China's foreign ministry says new U.S. sanctions on North Korea raise tensions in the region. → Read More