Aussie traveller stunned by bizarre sight in Africa

“But I know he’s a person of great influence,” she says.

Now the new restaurant where Anirwoth works at in the country’s capital Kampala is hoping that the former prime minister will be able to help them sell a new type of sandwich there, Escape reports.

The eatery is using two large photos of Mr Turnbull eating bánh mì when he was Australia’s leader during a 2017 visit to Vietnam.

When he pondered his legacy, Mr Turnbull may not have thought he’d become the poster child for the Vietnamese sa

British ex-nun who invented cheap form of morphine calls for better end-of-life care

At the age of 87, when many people would be putting their feet up, British former nun Dr Anne Merriman MBE is writing several books to pass on her expertise in providing pain relief to millions around the world.

“The team get upset with me because I keep saying ‘I’ve got to get this done before I pop my clogs’ and they say ‘you’re going to live to be 100,” says Ms Merriman from Uganda’s capital, Kampala, where she helped set up a palliative care model for Africa. “I say ‘no, please’.”

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After Pope Francis Visit, DRC Opens Baha’i House of Worship

KAMPALA, Uganda — On Sunday, in the country with Africa’s largest Catholic population where many flocked to see Pope Francis earlier this year, a new temple opened in Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

It’s hoped that the Baha’i house of worship, which over 2,000 people from across the central African nation and around the world attended the official inauguration of, will be a “force for social betterment,” said Rachel Kakudji of the Baha’i Office of External Affai

Uganda’s anti-gay bill will criminalize HIV programs, activists warn

A new anti-gay bill in Uganda, labeled as “among the worst in the world” by the United Nations would “devastate” the HIV response in the east African country, activists warn.

The Anti-Homosexuality Act, which was passed by the nation’s Parliament on March 21, prescribes life imprisonment for homosexual acts and the death penalty for “aggravated offences” such as those involving minors or people with disabilities. The bill also includes a duty to report same-sex acts and imposes up to six months in prison for the failure to do so.

The new bill is “probably among the worst of its kind in the world,” said Volker Türk, the U.N. high commissioner for human rights, who also called it a “deeply troubling development,” in a statement.

Activists warn that the new legislation will essentially criminalize inclusive HIV programs and undermine the country’s efforts to end AIDS by 2030.

Richard Lusimbo, national director of Uganda Key Populations Consortium, based in Kampala, told Devex that the “LGBTI community will be pushed into a corner” by the new bill.

“This bill really pushes for policing, increased stigma and discrimination, but also reporting of LGBTI identifying persons, which will create a very precarious state where people go into hiding and it will be very difficult for people to even access services because they'll be scared the doctor will report them,” he said.

Lusimbo added that “presently no donor has cut aid, but we are concerned that if this bill becomes law, it will be difficult to operate, as that will be termed ‘promotion’ [of homosexuality].”

‘Completely illegal’

In 2014, the United States cut aid to Uganda, imposed visa restrictions, and scrapped a regional military exercise after an anti-gay bill was signed into law by the country’s president, Yoweri Museveni. The World Bank also withheld a $90 million health loan while Norway and Denmark cut their aid spending. The bill was nullified by a court on a technicality six months later.

The U.S. government is the single largest donor to Uganda’s health sector. It contributes 32% of total health spending in Uganda annually, comprising 76% of all overseas contributions to the sector. Through U.S. Agency for International Development, the U.S. has invested about $39 million over six years. The U.S. has expressed alarm over the new bill, with national security council spokesperson John Kirby warning of economic “repercussions” for Uganda on March 22.

On the same day, Dr. John Nkengasong, who leads The U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, highlighted that PEPFAR invests around $400 million annually to support Uganda’s HIV response and this bill “jeopardizes efforts to end HIV/AIDS, achieve health equity & risks the lives of LGBTQI+ individuals & other key populations.” UNAIDS also warned that the bill would “undermine Uganda’s efforts to end AIDS by 2030, by violating fundamental human rights including the right to health and the very right to life.”

Executive Director of NGO Health GAP Asia Russell said the bill would essentially make some PEPFAR-funded programs “completely illegal.”

Currently, PEPFAR provides treatment and prevention services through inclusive clinics that are supposed to uphold the rights and freedoms of all Ugandans. "According to this bill, that is ‘promotion of homosexuality.’ The bill would make implementation of a lifesaving HIV program a criminal act," Russell said.

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She added that PEPFAR-funded implementers would be "risking prison time, steep fines, and the ethical nightmare of having to report fellow Ugandans, simply for doing their job.”

Russell said there are also concerns that UNAIDS wouldn't be able to do its work since it openly advocates for decriminalization and that the bill would also affect other donors who fund human rights work beyond HIV programs. It criminalizes everyone from the social worker who is providing HIV information, to the LGBTQ+ community, she said.

A U.S. State Department spokesperson told Devex that they are “investigating the potential impact of the [Anti-Homosexuality Act] on foreign assistance, specifically nearly $500 million the United States provides in annual health assistance as well as assistance in other sectors.”

“The impact of our PEPFAR funding, which is aiding Uganda to end HIV/AIDS as a public health threat by 2030, would be severely compromised if we were not able to provide services to Ugandan citizens,” they said. Adding that U.S. health assistance to Uganda sought to ensure all who needed access to health care receive those services, including the LGBTQ+ community.

“The Anti-Homosexuality Act will lead to stigmatization and discrimination of LGBTQ+ individuals and other key populations, deterring those who need HIV prevention and treatment services from seeking and receiving care,” they said.

Shantal Mulungi, executive director of Coloured Voice Truth told Devex that 6 friends who all identify as LGBTQ+ were arrested on March 17 and that the signing of the bill would amount to a “grand massacre of anyone suspected to be homosexual.”

“Many LGBTQ individuals are going to lose their lives to mob justice, suicide, and blackmail,” she said. If UNAIDS and the U.S. were to stop all their HIV and AIDS services in Uganda, “then automatically all patients on ARVs will be sentenced to death since our government is full of corruption and can’t buy those ARVs to freely supply them to patients.”

Mulungi said the U.N. should pass a universal law protecting LGBTQ+ people’s rights around the world or force its member states to comply with the international human rights treaties they signed.

“That is the permanent solution,” she said. “Sanctions and all that will not solve this problem.”

Moving backward

Marijke Wijnroks, from the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, said the bill could harm Museveni’s legacy in successfully tackling HIV and AIDS. In 1992, Uganda had a 16% rate of infection, but by 2003 this had reduced by 4% to 6%. Although incident rates are now shooting up, Wijnroks said that Museveni was “really one of the first leaders in Africa who took a very active response on HIV.”

“He was driven by evidence and science,” Wijnroks, the fund’s head of strategic investment and impact division, told Devex in an interview. “There’s all the evidence in the world that legislation like this will make HIV prevention so much more difficult.”

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Museveni now has 30 days to sign the bill or veto it. If he approves it, it becomes law. If vetoed, it returns to Parliament, which will be able to enact it as law — without the president’s approval — if a third round of voting passes it with a two-thirds majority vote.

Russell said the bill will have serious implications for a country with an ongoing HIV crisis. In 2012, HIV incidence rates shot up to 7.3% from 6.4% in 2005, according to the Joint U.N. Program on HIV/AIDS. There are now 1.4 million Ugandans living with HIV in the country and “millions more who are at greatest risk of infection” she said, adding that approximately 25% of new HIV infections are members of criminalized populations and their partners. These include sex workers, men who have sex with men, people who inject drugs, and people in prisons.

A ‘ripple effect’

Maureen Milanga, associate director of international policy and advocacy at Health GAP, based in Kenya, warned of a “ripple effect” that was already being seen there and that would be felt in Tanzania. “In Kenya, we are hearing that they’re writing a bill now and we are trying to find it but the reason that they're probably not sharing it in public is because they're waiting for trade deals to go through,” she told Devex.

U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Meg Whitman raised eyebrows after she told reporters that every country “has to make their own decisions about LGBTQ [and intersex] rights” earlier this month.

Thirty-three of the 69 countries that criminalize homosexual acts are in Africa, according to Human Rights Watch. A November 2022 UNAIDS report showed how criminalization is stalling prevention outcomes, indicating that in East and southern Africa, HIV incidence among adult men aged 15 to 49 years has fallen by 62% overall since 2010, but there had been no significant decline among gay men and other men who have sex with men during that time.

Russell said that speaking out on LGBTQ+ rights should be a top foreign policy priority for U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris — who is currently on an Africa tour that will include visits to Ghana, Tanzania, and Zambia — “not only for those countries but for the region.”

But the Ugandan government remains defiant.

Uganda’s Information Minister Chris Baryomunsi, who is acting as a government spokesperson on the issue, told Devex that “our partnership with donors should not mean we cannot make independent decisions as a country.” He added that “we reject that blackmail.”

“I don't think the law will in any way undermine the national HIV/AIDS response,” he said. “This is a far-fetched fear with no justification.”

Update, March 31, 2023: This article has been updated to clarify that the Anti-Homosexuality Act prescribes the death penalty for “aggravated offences” such as those involving minors or people with disabilities.

Cambodia's Floating Gardens

A VSO project is assisting communities living on
Cambodia’s great lake, the Tonlé Sap,
to weather many storms.

Chum Srey Nga, 50, looks
around in amazement at
her floating garden onboard
the boat where she and her
family live, on southeast Asia’s largest
freshwater lake. Already vegetables
that she and many others have been
taught to plant, feed their families
with, and sell, such as Chinese
cabbage, shallot lettuce, and bok
choy, are sprouting up.
For nearly four decades, Chum and
her family drifted by on the Tonlé Sap
in Cambodia. Things were far from
perfect for them in Kampong Luong
commune in the country’s Pursat
province. But fishing put food on the
table and Chum made a living from
their small but unsteady house on
the enormous lake, where many are
forced to live permanently.
Gradually over the years, however,
things shifted, with the community
now facing challenges including
overfishing, deforestation, dam
construction and industrial and
domestic sewage.
“We were rich in fish. It has changed
a lot,“ says Chum, a mother of eight
and grandmother of three, who has
lived in a huge floating village there
since 1979. “Today, the Tonlé Sap
lake has less fish; we cannot catch
as much as before. But what should
we do?”
Thanks to a floating garden,
created via the Generating Resilient
Environments and Promoting SocioEconomic Development of the East
Tonlé Sap Lake (GREEN) project,
a collaboration between VSO and
partners, Chum now has enough
food and income to keep her and her
family secure. The four-year project,
which began in March 2021, aims
to help 4,500 marginalised people
by equipping them with technical
and vocational skills by taking up sustainable farming. GREEN also aims to
establish 50 initiatives through women
and youth-led business incubations and
develop three business plans through
community-led ecotourism studies.
After hearing about GREEN, Chum, who
lives nearly 100 miles outside Cambodia’s
capital Phnom Penh, registered for
training. The initiative, which targets
people in the Kampong Thom, Pursat,
and Kampong Chhnang provinces
of Cambodia, has three areas: water,
sanitation and hygiene (WASH), the green
economy, and education.
Through the project, which involves 20
VSO volunteers, Chum and others have
been given the knowledge, skills and tools
to plant vegetables for floating gardens.
They were taught how to build a floating
raft using recyclable materials, such as
plastic bottles, and to make chemical-free
fertiliser, promoting more agroecological,
sustainable farming.
“Before VSO intervened, my life was a
struggle,” says Chum. “I had no technical
knowledge of how to grow vegetables. But
now VSO has come in, my life is getting
better. I have gained knowledge and skills
in sustainable farming.”
After hearing about VSO and GREEN,
Kem Rai, 38, who lives in a floating village
with her mother and niece in Kampong
Luong and works in fish paste processing,
took part in workshops to hear about the
floating gardens. Kem realised that if she
learnt how to grow vegetables, she could
supplement her income from her fish
paste processing work. “VSO has guided
me to think of new initiatives of planting
vegetables. Joining this project has helped
me earn more than what I make from fish
paste processing, and my family life is now
better,” says Kem.
“I do not worry so much when I have
urgent needs.” She has now reduced her
expenses on food, as she gets this from
her garden, and can save more.
Kem’s family has also suffered because
of climate change. At one point the roof
blew off their house, falling onto another,
and they have been unable to raise fish.
“Climate change has caused us to lose
our job raising fish, because of the bad
pollution in the water. This not only affects
me and my family, but other community
members, as they were forced to stop
keeping fish because of the unclean river,”
says Kem.
“This kind of climate change is
affecting a lot of fishermen and women
in my community, who in the past few
years have reduced their fishing to half
compared to before. Some families have
no options but to stop.”
Through GREEN, the community
has also learnt to become more
environmentally aware, through the
project’s workshops, with this information
passed onto the community. “I raise
awareness amongst my neighbours
and tell them not to throw things in the water, just save it for recycling or keep
it in the bin. Our community people
have understood a lot and changed their
behaviour,” says Chum. “I am looking
forward to receiving more support to
expand my opportunities even more.”
Thanks to the GREEN project, when
there’s trouble on the horizon for these
vulnerable people on the Tonlé Sap, they
now have ways of coping. But VSO needs
to reach more people like Chum and Kem
living on the lake today.

'I'm not scared of prison': Ugandan activists fight law making it illegal to be gay

Herman Shasha’s shop is not far from one of the shrines dedicated to some of the male martyrs, publicly executed in the late 1800s for refusing to have sex with a Ugandan king, after converting to Christianity.

Today, the openly bisexual man, 44, goes about his daily life not far from the shrine in the east African country, where on Tuesday, Uganda’s parliament passed a law making it a crime to identify as LGBT+ and strengthened powers for authorities to target gay Ugandans. It comes amid the c

Teen’s Death Sparks Gripping Film — and Hope

The death of teenager Jackline Chepngeno sparked outrage in Kenya. Now, a documentary on her death and what happened next is picking up awards at film festivals.
— By Amy Fallon, reporting from Kampala, Uganda

Jackline Chepngeno went to primary school one day in September 2019 in Kabiangek, southwest Kenya. But it would be “a day unlike any other,” as a new documentary on the 14-year-old’s story, which made headlines around the world, narrates. A harrowing one.

Chepngeno’s period came unexpectedly in the middle of her English class. Like 65% of girls in the east African country, she was unable to afford sanitary pads. Hours later, after allegedly being period-shamed by her teacher, the teen took her own life. But the story is complicated.

“There’s such global talk and a movement around period poverty and breaking the shame around menstruation at the moment,” says Amélie Truffert, the producer of A Journey with a Hope. The documentary tells the story about Chepngeno’s death, focusing on the stigma related to menstruation and what happens when girls don’t have access to period products.

“It’s a really super hot topic, so it feels like it’s the perfect time for this documentary to be seen,” the South Africa-based director and producer says. At least 500 million women and girls around the world lack access to the facilities they need to manage their periods, according to the World Bank.

The 44-minute documentary, which is Truffert’s first, is a confronting, uncomfortable watch at times — particularly the interviews with Chepngeno’s teacher. There was no proper research phase, Truffert explains. “We learnt as we started talking to the family,” she says. “It snowballed from there — from chats with menstrual health experts, young girls who had gone through similar incidents of period shaming et cetera.”

‘So shaken, she could not stand’

Viewers are first introduced to Chepngeno by her grandmother, Rachel, as “very strong and hardworking.”

Jackline “was the first to wake up in the family,” Rachel says (via subtitles), explaining that they would send Chepngeno to the flour mill to work, and to pick tea on weekends. But on that fateful day when Chepngeno unexpectedly got her period in class, she was reportedly caned by Jennifer Chemutai, an allegation the teacher denies on camera.

The teen was “so shaken she could not stand” after the incident, viewers learn.

Rachel recounts that after arriving home crying, having been told that her clothes were dirty, Chepengo was given clean clothes and her mother told her she could return to school after lunch. But soon after, Chepengo went missing from home. Her body was discovered a few hours later.

“We heard screams … we assumed it was drunks fighting,” Rachel recalls in the film. “I told them not to remove Jackline’s body until the teacher came so that they could see how she reacted to the morning’s events,” says Rachel.

Chepngeno’s death sent “shockwaves” and “grief” through the community, viewers learn, and there was a lot of anger directed at Chemutai. Yet, when asked if she feels she bears any responsibility for the teen’s death, she says no. She has never apologized to Chepngeno’s family, according to the film. According to a 2019 Kenyan news report, Chemutai was exonerated by the government.

French national Truffert and her British partner, co-director and co-producer, Paul Drawbridge, were researching mental health in Kenya when they heard about Chepngeno’s story. They didn’t deliberately set out to make the film, Truffert says. However, they have received a lot of feedback about it, particularly about the teacher’s role. “It’s really conflicting, because on one hand you think she was an adult responsible for a child and she let that child down but it’s so easy to say ‘oh it’s all her fault,’” says Truffert. “Sure, she played a part in what happened, but actually she’s just part of this bigger system of period shaming and … maybe the same thing happened to her, so she’s just repeating that cycle.”

Kenya-based Muna Mohamed, the Regional Partnerships and Business Development Manager at AFRIPads, features in the film. Uganda-based AFRIPads is the top social enterprise manufacturer of reusable sanitary pads in the world. Mohamed works to help educate girls around menstruation myths. In the film, the 29-year-old wipes away tears during an interview. “It’s not HIV/AIDS that she has, it’s periods — come on guys. This is a normal biological process.” Mohamed continues: “If I was Jackline, I would have done the same thing.”

Mohamed tells OZY, “I’ve actually found it quite hard to watch the entire film.” She talks about not having sanitary pads at one point in her life because she faced gender-based violence and mental health problems in her home. Looking at her own past situation as an educated woman without the financial means to purchase sanitary pads, she asks: “What about women or girls who are actually living in serious poverty?”

She says that men and boys must also be part of the solution. A Journey with a Hope also shows male educators from organization The Cup, who viewers are told are “curious and want to get involved in these discussions to learn more” about menstruation. Mohamed says that by having men and boys involved, “we may address a variety of “inter-connected problems” to period poverty, “such as femicide, teenage pregnancies, gender-based violence, and mental health.”

Changing the way periods are seen n May 2020, Kenya became the first African country to put in place a Menstrual Hygiene Policy, viewers are told at the end of the film. The aim of this is to help guarantee that all women and girls in Kenya can manage their periods hygienically and without stigma. This includes access to proper information on menstrual health, along with products, services and facilities, and the right to safely dispose of menstrual waste.

The audience is also told at the end that Chepngeno’s mother, Beatrice, and grandmother are now distributing pads to local schools. “If there’s a positive message that can come from this story it’s that it’s changed the way that they’ve looked at periods,” says Truffert.

Now pursuing a masters in global health so she can specialize in menstruation, Truffert says it’s important that “as many young girls” as possible see the film. “It could really help some young girls normalize periods and start to break down the cycle of shame that comes from menstruation,” she says. “We are still learning and researching today, even though the film is finished.”

And it is getting worldwide recognition.

A Journey with a Hope was a finalist in the New York International Women’s Film Festival (NIFF), won Best Women’s Film at the Bright Film Festival, and recently won the Best Human Rights Film at the Vancouver Independent Film Festival.

It will be shown at the closing ceremony of the Under Our Skin International Film Festival on Human Rights in Nairobi, Kenya. The film “tackles the topic of menstrual health shaming, which is vital to provoke dialogues around stigma faced by young girls and women, and to promote the enhancement of the rights of women and girls”, says Sarah Mpapuluu, the festival’s general coordinator.

The documentary shows “just the tip of the iceberg in terms of the reality on the ground,” says Mohamed. “Thousands of girls and women are suffering from period poverty in Kenya and all around the world, and we need governments to have compulsory budgets for sanitary pads.”

The film ends with the message: "Jackline's last walk home is a journey without hope, a rallying cry for us all. We must hope for change and then we must make it happen."

'Chanting isn't a cult activity, it's a joy': Can the Grammys make chant music go mainstream?

When Harry Styles and Beyoncé attend the Grammys on Sunday, they’ll be sharing the red carpet with artists often associated with hippies and cults. After a two-year push by over 400 musicians and record labels worldwide, the awards will for the first time recognise the ancient musical practice of chanting.

Hopefuls will be vying to make their mark in a renamed category: following a proposal to the Recording Academy, which is behind the awards, the Best New Age Album has become the Best New Age,

Are DIY menstrual pads an unsustainable trend?

KAMPALA, Uganda — Do-it-yourself or DIY reusable menstrual pads are not new. The practice of women stitching together their own menstrual hygiene products dates back to the 70s when activists would create these products, Christina Bobel, a professor of women’s, gender, and sexuality studies at the college of liberal arts at the University of Massachusetts Boston, said.

“Punk feminists, for example, were promoting DIY everything, including gyno care, in the 90s and 00s,” she added in an email.

In Uganda ‘Prophet Elvis’ Puts The Profit In Prophet

KAMPALA, Uganda— Today’s problems require more than prayer, Bishop Wisdom K. Peter told a crowd gathered on the outskirts of Uganda’s capital, Kampala. You need a prophet, he said.

After that introduction, in steps 45-year-old Prophet Elvis Mbonye, worth an estimated $115 million. He’s one of the country’s most talked about prophets amid claims that a variety of his predictions have come true, from the restoration of broken laptops to the election of U.S. President Donald Trump in 2016 and Brex

How A Catholic Nun In Uganda Created A Global Program For The Terminally Ill

KAMPALA, Uganda — Dr. Anne Merriman, 87, can recall a time in Uganda when people were “dying all over the place.” It was 1993. The U.K.-born former nun and pioneer of African palliative care, along with a Kenyan nurse, had come here after the Ugandan government accepted their offer of help to control the severe pain that accompanied HIV deaths.

With no oncology screening or treatment available, people were dying and suffering from cancer, they had learned according to research. But there was on

How religion dominates the Australian Defence Force (ADF)

In his almost 25 years as a chaplain in the Royal Australian Navy, Collin Acton can rarely recall pulling out a Bible. Religion became “less and less relevant to my personal life”, he says.

“[Some] fundamentally believe that someone without faith cannot care for another human being,” Acton, who is 60, tells The Saturday Paper. “I’ve always used compassion and empathy.”

Acton’s career of more than three decades with the Australian Defence Force earned him a medal for deployment in the Middle Ea

Quiet Hours, Curfews, and *Chores*? Why the Tide May Be Turning Against Airbnb

With increased cleaning fees, a dizzying list of “house rules,” and rising complaints from both hosts and guests, the Airbnb experience seems far from perfect nowadays.

Once upon a time—or at least several years ago—Airbnb was all about the spirit of travel. Launched as a vacation rental firm back in 2008, it had become a big player in the travel space, giving major hotel brands a run for their money. These days, an Airbnb stay can come with pricy cleaning fees and a slipping customer experienc

The courage of our convicts

When Fanny Jarvis stole from her employer, the servant girl from Staffordshire in Britain received a tough sentence: transportation for life to a new country. Three years after her arrival in Australia she was charged with insubordination, likely unaware of the role that she and others who shared her fate were playing in the origins of the nation’s democratisation.

Today, she is still virtually unknown. But Jarvis, who endured nearly four years of hard labour and long periods of solitary confin

Prophet Elvis: Uganda's Gateway to God?

the offer.

Welcome to the world of the seemingly very public but yet very inaccessible Prophet Elvis Mbonye and his ever-expanding church, Zoe Fellowship Ministries. The 45-year-old was reported to be worth $115 million in 2020, in a country where per capita gross domestic product stands at around just $800. To some, his popularity — he counts many of Uganda’s elite and, increasingly, those of other East African nations among his devotees — is part of the growing “prosperity gospel” movement. It’s a theology contending that those who give to their faith and pastor will ultimately also receive material benefits. To others, his realm could also be described simply as PR gospel. And some are even more blunt — to them, he’s just a scammer.

What is clear is that Mbonye’s rise captures the churnings of a country and region. OZY visited his gatherings in recent weeks to decode the mystery of the man that many Ugandans can’t help falling in love with.

— with reporting by Amy Fallon in Kampala, Uganda twitter

London women are finding a potentially dangerous lifeline in Airbnb

Anna, a single woman in London subletting her flat on Airbnb, arrived home to find a man sneaking out of her bedroom. She had rented her room to a woman on the holiday rental site, but there was no mention that a man would be staying with her. “I went into my sitting room and just as I was taking off my jacket, I saw a guy creeping out of the room and then down the stairs and out the door very quietly,” she says. She shared her story with researchers George Maier and Kate R Gilchrist from the Lo

“Let go of the fear”: Life lessons from the first Black woman to visit every country in the world

When she quit her six-figure salary corporate job in 2008 and moved to Japan to teach English, Jessica Nabongo had been to nine countries—and never traveled solo. But it was the beginning of something. Three years ago, she became the first Black woman to travel to every one of the 195 countries and 10 territories recognized by the UN (United Nations) at the time. Her final stop was the Seychelles, where she arrived on October 6th, 2019.

38-year-old Nabongo, who has just published her first
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