Christine Purves

Triumph and tragedy on the frontlines of the war on HIV

“Have you ever been tested for HIV?” This question is one, which has the potential to strike terror into the hearts of many.

getting lost and making friends in gorilla country

RWANDA, Uganda As the dirt road narrowed and the truck nearly bottomed out for the third time in as many minutes, I turned to Chaz.

Weighing dangers: Risk Ebola, or drive Africa’s killer highways?

I usually don’t buy newspapers in Uganda, but this particular one was hard to resist. “Ebola: Mbarara, Fort Portal on High Alert”…

Goats and the meaning of life

MBARARA, Uganda It’s 8 a.m. on a Saturday morning and we are in a motorized canoe, headed to the Rwandan border to buy five goats.