Rain School

It is the first day of school in Chad, Africa Children are filling the road Will they give us a notebook Thomas asks Will they give us a pencil Will I learn to read But when he and the other children arrive at the schoolyard, they find no classroom, no desks Just a teacher We will build

Angry Wind: Through Muslim Black Africa by Truck, Bus, Boat, and Camel

Hailed by Bill Bryson and the New York Times Book Review as a rising star among travel writers, Jeffrey Tayler penetrates one of the most isolated, forbidding regions on earth the Sahel This lower expanse of the Sahara, which marks the southern limit of Islam s reach in West and Central Africa, bo