Long Form

Long Form Journalism by the Bhekisisa Team

Of the new refugees from South Sudan

Walk in the footsteps of South Sudan’s lost children

Refugee resettlement camps offer a safer space for South Sudanese children, who make up 64% of all refugees in Uganda.
It's not only women who prefer Caesarean sections

Caesarean vs vaginal birth: A mother’s choice, not her doctor’s

C-sections may result in fewer lawsuits, but they are not always the best option.

A doctor born of hope

This man from rural Eastern Cape had to travel all the way to Cuba to make his dream of becoming a doctor come true. Now, he is back home and treating patients at the same hospital his mother used to sell fruit in front of when he was a boy.

The unbearable loneliness of COVID-19

There are no visiting hours for COVID-19 patients. Instead, there’s anxiety, fear, stigma and potential grief. But there’s also — at least some — resilience.
Loveth was trafficked from Nigeria to Italy. Since PIAM was founded

Trafficked to Turin: The Nigerian women forced into sex work abroad in Italy

Thousands of women are lured from Nigeria to Italy annually by the promise of a new life, only to find themselves trapped in the sex trade.
Edith Kanengoni is a peer educator — one of 10 women recruited and trained by the House of Smiles to help other street mothers get medical help and improve their parenting skills.

Raising hope: From street child to mother

Abandoned as children, women in Harare are now teaching one another to fight for their futures.
West African footballers practise at a ground in Naya Bazaar

Football’s dashed hopes: The teenagers sold a Premier League lie

They thought they were signing up for a dream but it turned out to be a trafficking nightmare.
Malawi's women suffer in silence as the country continues to outlaw abortions but change may be on the horizon.

Will rape survivors finally be able to have legal abortions?

Unsafe terminations in Malawi may be curbed after a new law is enacted, but it’s just the first step
'I could have died': Buhle Bhengu was duped into having an illegal abortion.

‘It didn’t take long for [the fetus] to come out. There was a human-like...

Left with little choice, many women turn to illegal abortionists to terminate their pregnancies.
​Acid victim Hanifa Nakiryowa founded the Center for Rehabilitation of Survivors of Acid and Burns Violence.

Acid attacks: ‘I didn’t have the money to buy justice, but I had brains...

In the wake of acid attacks, victims — often women — can feel hopeless. Now, women around the world are fighting back.
Social media has become a breading ground for racism and other harmful behaviour.

Black? A woman? Read why you’re more likely to be a victim of online...

Are social media algorithms designed to prey the mental health of women and people of colour?

A tale of two pandemics: Is COVID-19 repeating the mistakes of HIV’s past?

In South Africa, two outbreaks are colliding and one thing may shape the future of both.
We really might be able to teach an old dog new tricks.

Can you can turn yourself into a broccoli-loving, marathon-running genius?

We used to believe our brains couldn’t be changed. Now we believe they can – if we want it enough. But is that true?
The Gauteng government has three months to pay families affected by the Life Esidimeni tragedy.

Gauteng mental health services: ‘They treated him like you don’t even treat a dog’

A decision by the Gauteng department of health has left at least 36 dead but has the scandal lifted the lid on the horrors of mental healthcare?
Stolen: These girls

Boko Haram: ‘Deradicalisation’ is the only hope for the stolen when they’re ‘free’

Could psychosocial programmes turn extremists into moderates?

Can you pause a pandemic? Inside the race to stop the spread of COVID-19...

Tracing the close contacts of people who test positive for coronavirus disease is a delicate dance. Here’s why these health workers...