This article is part of an editorial collaboration with Heifer International. It was first published on the Heifer International blog. -- -- Drought, malnutrition and restrictive gender roles challenge the women of rural Senegal every day. Heifer International is helping them ease

My (Adventurous) Life at the United Nations: First Mission, Mauritania October 1980. The sky is an intense blue over Mauritania’s desert, the Land Rover bumps along, skidding from one pothole to the next. Dust permanently dries the mouth, the blazing light

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