Articles by Lydia Polgreen



Disorder in Guinea Sparks Talk of Coup

  • 22 February 07
  • NEW YORK TIMES SERVICE
For most Guineans, the last straw came two months ago.

Darfur Civilians Brace for War as Rebel Groups Unite

  • 24 October 06
  • NEW YORK TIMES SERVICE
Haroun Abdullah Kabir stepped from one bloodied corpse to another on the parched, rocky battlefield. He searched the soldiers' decomposing faces for an aquiline nose, fair complexion or fine, straight hair: telltale Arab features.

Some Nations Want to Be Mothered

  • 24 January 06
  • NEW YORK TIMES SERVICE
In almost every sense of the word, there is a vast distance between this impoverished West African country and prosperous, sophisticated Chile.

Eternal Day Under Nigeria's Gas Flares

  • 13 December 05
  • NEW YORK TIMES SERVICE
The sun had almost set, and another glum happy hour arrived at One for the Road. Veronica, its proprietor, put out her white plastic chairs and tables, checked her stock of chilled beer and waited for paying customers.

Corrupt Governor's Antics Grip Nigeria

  • 30 November 05
  • NEW YORK TIMES SERVICE
Precisely where in the rogue's gallery of corrupt Nigerian leaders Diepreye Alamieyeseigha will fall is a matter for history to judge. General Sani Abacha, the military dictator who helped himself to at least $3 billion and salted it away in foreign bank accounts, doubtless stole far more.

Wheelbarrows Push Along Liberian Economy

  • 18 October 05
  • NEW YORK TIMES SERVICE
Ask Moses Kollie what his job is and he answers not with a profession or a trade but with an object.