Desmond Tutu

Clerics carry the coffin after the funeral for Anglican Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu at the St George's Cathedral in Cape Town, South Africa, Saturday, Jan 1, 2022.

What is aquamation, the burial practice Desmond Tutu chose instead of cremation? 

Science & Technology

Aquamation is a corpse decomposition process that uses water instead of fire to produce similar results — an urn of ashes. It’s seen as a “greener alternative” to carbon-emitting cremation. 

Flowers are placed alongside a photo of Anglican Archbishop Desmond Tutu at the St. George's Cathedral in Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town bells toll to honor Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s life

Eugene de Kock (left), South African apartheid-era assassin, at the Truth And Reconcilation Commission hearing in 1999. He was today granted parole.

South Africa’s apartheid-era death squad commander granted parole


After Mandela’s death, South Africa turns to Tutu

Global Politics

University students rally to get endowments out of fossil fuels


Return to South Africa

A look at South Africa in the post-apartheid era, where the gap between rich and poor has not closed — it has whitened.

Nelson Mandela and The Elders

Former Irish President Mary Robinson talks about The Elders, a group of respected world leaders assembled by Nelson Mandela to tackle some of the world’s most divisive issues.

The price of food has a human cost

On a global level, rising food prices may be next biggest threat to our human rights.

Dalai Lama Cancels South Africa Visit Because of Visa Trouble

Global Politics

The Dalai Lama has canceled his trip to South Africa, where he had been invited by fellow Nobel Peace laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

The World

Troy Davis executed in Georgia

Conflict & Justice

Georgia Public Broadcasting Reporter Josephine Bennett was outside Jackson Prison, where Davis was executed. She discusses the night’s drama.