There are many things to fear in Tanzania besides Ebola. These include malaria, typhoid fever, food poisoning and traffic accidents. In two of the largest cities in the country, driving--or walking--is very dangerous.
It seems to me closing off West Africa and limiting travel will hurt the economy of the continent as well as inhibit resources to actually help control the spread of Ebola. I don't want to be one of those people. It's not in my nature to cause suffering of those in need.
For many people, sun, sea and sand are the mark of a decent holiday. It doesn't matter where you are as long as you're lounging on a pristine white-sand beach and enjoying some well-deserved rest and relaxation. But for others, beach holidays just don't cut it.
Voluntary medical male circumcision has made definite inroads in Tanzania through years of initial pilot projects, awareness and education campaigns, and a scale-up of VMMC services provided in health facilities and in mobile units. The approach seems to be working.
I have compiled 25 photographs for this essay -- taken in multiple locations since 2009, including cities on four continents. The photographs are presented in black and white, to better show the contrast between the human and built environment, yet also emphasize the undeniably symmetry between.
I felt I owed it to my grandmother, for the privilege of being born safe and secure and loved. I felt I owed it to the children's faces that peered out of the photograph albums she has pieced together over the years; some who survived, many others who didn't.
Looking above at recent temperature anomalies, much of the U.S. is experiencing well above normal warmer temperatures; the eastern Pacific warm spot continues to prevent much rain from reaching California, sending it into further drought.
I had read the reports and seen the PowerPoints. And now I have seen the faces. The faces of the on-the-ground experts as they rush into the vast woodlands of the Niassa National Reserve with intelligence on criminals who have slaughtered an elephant with an AK-47. The faces are fearless.