Julian Hattem

Julian Hattem is a journalist living in East Africa. He has written for the Washington Post, the Guardian, Roads & Kingdoms, the Atlantic and World Politics Review, among other outlets. Previously, he spent several years in Washington, DC, most recently covering national security and foreign policy for The Hill.

an african migrant scales a razor-wire topped fence in Ceuta, Spain

The razor wire that separates Europe from Africa might be coming down


The changes come as migrants’ pathways across the Mediterranean evolve to make Spain the busiest gateway into Europe.

Women carry baskets of banana as they walk past a military personnel patrolling in Uganda's capital Kampala, Feb. 19, 2016.

Amid drought and pests, can GMOs save Uganda’s farmers?

Rose Nakimuli

23 women have been murdered in these Ugandan towns since May. Police blame witchcraft.

Uganda's Bidi Bidi refugee camp, shown here on April 5, 2017, is now home to 285,000 residents, nearly all of them having refugees from South Sudan's civil war.

Turning the world’s largest refugee camp into a ‘big city’

Inani Beach, an 11-mile beach on the Bay of Bengal, makes up part of Cox's Bazar 75-mile sea beach — one of the longest beaches in the world.

You’re welcome to visit the longest beach in the world — unless you’re a refugee

A wounded child undergoes medical treatment in Juba, South Sudan, Dec. 28, 2013.

This South Sudanese school trained a medical corps amid civil war. Then the gunmen arrived.


The Kajo Keji Health Training Institute was born out of a dream of improving the health and lives of residents of South Sudan, the world’s youngest nation. After gunmen attacked the school last September, it seemed likely to become a casualty of a three-year civil war that has killed tens of thousands of people and sent more than 3 million fleeing from their homes. Now, like hundreds of thousands of South Sudanese, the school is rebuilding across the border in Uganda and waiting for peace to return to South Sudan.

A mother who fled fighting in South Sudan carries her child on arrival at Bidi Bidi refugee resettlement camp near the border in Yumbe district, northern Uganda, Dec. 7, 2016.

More refugees entered Uganda last year than crossed the Mediterranean


Amid worsening violence in South Sudan, one of the world’s fastest growing refugee crises is getting even worse.