The Hyena Who Rapes Children and Widows

“Hyena” or “fisi” refers to a specific male hired to have sex with women and girls for ritualistic purposes. The Hyenas of Malawi perform the ritual “sexual cleansing” or “kusas fumbi” or “brushing off the dust.” Girls are forced to…

Restricted: Mental Disability in Ghana

For a region plagued by deadly threats such as malaria and H.I.V., mental health and disability have historically “lingered near the bottom” of African priorities. In Ghana, the consequences of this neglect are staggering. Out of 26 million people who…

Marijuana Reform Laws Likely to Pass in Tunisia

Photo courtesy of Flickr user Dennis Jarvis, licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 Human Rights Watch has released an extensive report chronicling Tunisia’s “draconian” drug laws and highlighted the potential for reform, including a draft law that would better respect the…