The Overlooked Killer

In Africa, traffic accidents are a leading cause of death, inspiring new calls for an end to the carnage.

Uganda: Child Soldiers Fight for Fresh Start

Some of the children have yet to reach puberty. But they are fluent in rattling off the acronyms of war (RPG, LMG, SAM, SMG) and explaining just how these weapons work. Ranging in age from 7 to 18, they acquired their grim expertise as a result of being kidnapped and forced to serve as soldiers and sex slaves for the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) in northern Uganda. Still, says a social worker who identifies himself only as Tom, these are the lucky ones.The children are among the few who have managed to escape captivity and seek a new start at rehabilitation clinics like this one, the Rachele Center, in the northern town of Lira. The war they were forced to fight in is complex, political, tribal and extraordinarily brutal even by African standards, led by a mystical rebel who inflicts grotesque carnage in the name of Jesus Christ and for the cause of the Ten Commandments. Over the last 20 years, the LRA has played a role in one of the continent's longest and least-known conflicts....

BLUE IN THE REDDEST STATE

The booming tenor of the announcer's voice rose above the singing of a tabernacle choir, jarring me from my afternoon nap. "Get ready... for America's original gridiron holy war... the BYU Cougars invade Salt Lake City to take on the undefeated University of Utah Utes!" Cannons fired and fireworks burst as red-and-blue football squads sprinted onto the field.Groggy and bewildered, I snapped off the TV. Must have been dreaming. Just close your eyes and float back into orbit, I told myself. But it wasn't a dream. It was a commercial. Real life in Salt Lake City.Mormons know it as Zion, the chosen place of a chosen people. For the rest of us, Salt Lake is just a nice place to live. Two parallel worlds. We share restaurants, pass each other on the hiking trails in City Creek Park, stare out at the same majestic sunsets above the Wasatch Mountains. Much like the rest of the country, although we've been aware of the divide for longer.The split is close to 50-50 within Salt Lake County,...

FASHION: REMODELING RASTAWEAR

The red, green and gold colors worn by Rastafarians have been appropriated worldwide for years. The hottest incarnation is now in the windows of the Christian Dior flagship boutique in Paris. Items in the Dior Rasta line, which include the $1,050 Rasta Logo Skirt and the $840 Ras Tafari Saddle Bag, are on back order. But now that Rasta stylings have been elevated to high fashion, many Jamaicans want their native colors to better help the economy of their native land. "We've got to be aggressive and market," says Amber Cohen, a Rasta dressmaker, whose Mutumba design house has been praised by Ralph Lauren. Yet despite Rasta's international identity, the esthetic, some Jamaicans say, doesn't get enough respect among islanders to build a high-end industry at home. "They'd rather buy Christian Dior than a local designer," says Jamaican journalist Alicia Roache. "It's about status. You want what you don't see or the other guy doesn't have."