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An African Affair

An African Affair

I just finished reading An African Affair, a novel by Nina Darnton, wo is a former staff writer for Newsweek and a former frequent contributor for the New York Times. The book draws on her experience of five years living in Africa in the 1970s, including imprisonment in Nigeria with her two small children. The New York Times called the book, “A vivid portrait of a troubled country.”

In the novel, New York journalist Lindsay Cameron finds corruption, drug smuggling, and rampant human rights abuses as she covers the regime of Nigeria’s President Michael Olumide. In the aftermath of two Continue reading “An African Affair”


When so many people die in your community because of AIDS and wood for coffins becomes scare, you find a substitute.  Dearth of coffins is not the only devastating consequence of AIDS in African countries. Orphans and child-led families as well as pervasive hunger, poverty and system deprivation are others.   The Nyaka AIDS Orphans School, Uganda, initiated by the community for the community, provides quality, free education and extracurricular activities to children who have been orphaned due to HIV/AIDS in Uganda.

 Uganda’s AIDS epidemic has resulted in 2.2 million children who have lost one or both parents, out of a population of just over 30 million. Due to a lack of government-subsidized education, extended families and orphanages face an enormous financial barrier to educating Uganda’s children. This story is repeated in many other African countries.

Visit to find out how you can help.

Three Grads with a Vision

Three women graduating from the University of Maryland this May head to Central America in September to launch Project MicroMundo. Their vision is to foster connections between students and communities in the United States and Central America.

            Stephanie Wolf, English major; Ronnie Brodsky, Economics major; and Jessica Smith, Marketing major, will volunteer with several nonprofit organizations throughout Central America, many of which are or are affiliated with schools. The MicroMundo blog will follow these experiences to present photos, videos, and personal stories, creating a sense of connection and illustrating the reality of daily life in the places they visit.

            Schools, classes and individuals may participate by:

  • Using their blog,, as a resource in class.
  • Participate in a letter or email exchange.
  • Organize a fundraiser for grassroots projects in the community.

They welcome your comments, suggestions and questions about their project. Email:  Website:

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