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Dan Morrison is a contributor to National Geographic Voices. From 2007 to 2012 he reported for National Geographic News from South Asia, Africa, and the Middle East, filing dispatches on climate change, conflict, the environment, and antiquities.

Dan is author of The Black Nile , a nonfiction account of his 3,600-mile journey down the length of the White Nile through Uganda, Sudan, and Egypt. The Daily Beast called The Black Nile "a masterful narrative of investigative reportage, travel writing, and contemporary history," and The Village Voice named it one of the Ten Best of 2010.

Dan was a 2013 United Nations Foundation Global Health Fellow. Currently at work on a book about the Ganges River, Dan also contributes to the New York Times, POLITICO Magazine, Slate, The Arabist Network and the Dhaka Tribune. To contact Dan please see his website.

A Mummy Rots in Kolkata

A mummy at the Indian Museum has been rotting in its display case thanks to a broken air conditioning system

How India Beat Polio

Khagaria, India – When he thinks about polio, Dr. B.N. Singh recalls the surgeries. “It was ghastly,” Singh said of his early days as a surgical orthopedic resident practicing in the Indian state of Bihar. “Every week I was doing five to six operations for polio deformities.” This was in the late 1960s, when polio…

Put on Your Wellies and Don’t Look Down

A new book on urban exploration takes readers on a trans-Atlantic trespassing binge, from the sewers of Paris to the top of London’s tallest skyscraper, by way of Chicago and Detroit.

The Sad Ballad of Menes, the Egyptian #Spyduck

Menes wasn’t a spy, and neither was he a duck. Thanks to a combination of xenophobic paranoia and spotty Arabic-to-English translation, this one-year-old White Stork was unfairly painted as both and clapped into jail.

Days later he was exonerated, released, and eaten.

Egypt: What Just Happened?

The fallout of a thrilling and confusing week in Egypt, where Revolution 2.0 is now underway.

Wind Power and the Thrum of Lawsuits

The legal and cultural battle over wind turbines on a small island off the coast of Maine has its implications for communities across the United States.

Lost for Decades, a Beguiling Curio from Egypt’s Royal Past

One afternoon a few years ago, a friend and I had ducked out of Egypt’s summer heat and into the luxury Semiramis Hotel in downtown Cairo in search of a foreign newspaper. As we reached the doorway of the cramped gift shop, an elderly man, well-dressed, a slight tremble to his hands, came ambling out…

In a Global First, Global Data on Violence Against Women

An estimated 35 percent of women worldwide have experienced some type of sexual violence, most of them at the hands of an intimate partner, and nearly 30 percent of women worldwide have experienced physical and/or sexual violence by their intimate partner. In some regions, it is nearly 38 percent.

Saving Newborns Across Hostile Borders

A massive study seeks to find the source of newborn deaths in South Asia. It’s as broad as it is deep, stretching more than 1,500 miles and two unfriendly borders across sites in Bangladesh, India, and Pakistan.

Wrestling for Peace in South Sudan

In South Sudan, epic wrestling matches between rival tribes are a path to post-war reconciliation.

African Pangolins in Chinese Soup Bowls

Reports from the wildlife trade monitoring organization Traffic, African media outlets, and scholarly researchers point to well-developed trade in pangolins from African source countries to China.

River Erosion and Shooting Wars

BUXAR, India – For farmers living on the banks of the India’s signature river, the Ganges gives and the Ganges takes away. River erosion is an age-old worry for farmers living in the basins of the Ganges, Bramhaputra, and Meghna rivers in India and Bangladesh. Land that was yours one season can vanish, only to…

India’s Massive Blackout, and the Environmental Danger to Come

Forces that have been bridling against environmental regulations and science-based activism may use the India’s Great Power Outage as a cudgel to demolish future restraints on dam construction, coal mining, and other projects.

Mr. Sputum, Public Health Superhero, Fights TB in India

Mr. Sputum, a candy-striped superhero, battles tuberculosis in India.

India: A tale of cattle, turmeric, and guns

“The injuries caused by guns will not be cured by hot milk and turmeric.” A story from India’s past and present.