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  • 1 of 8 Nina Munk at Sahlan Bath Hussein's tea house in Dertu, Kenya, with Sahlan (right) and her daughter (left). All photos © N. Munk.

  • 2 of 8 A woman rolls a plastic water drum to her hut in Dertu, a remote village in Kenya's North Eastern Province. All photos © N. Munk.

  • 3 of 8 At Dertu Primary, where textbooks are scarce, wall murals serve as educational aids. All photos © N. Munk.

  • 4 of 8Children in Dertu improvise with homemade toys. All photos © N. Munk.

  • 5 of 8Nina at the Ryamiyonga Primary School in Ruhiira, Uganda. All photos © N. Munk.

  • 6 of 8 Nomadic herders and their camels at the community water pan in Bahuri,
    a settlement in Kenya's North Eastern Province. All photos © N. Munk.

  • 7 of 8In Ethiopia's northernmost Tigray region, a funeral procession heads towards a rock-hewn
    church in the Gheralta range. All photos © N. Munk.

  • 8 of 8 A child looks out from his grass-thatched classroom in Mwandama, Malawi. All photos © N. Munk.

Nina Munk is a journalist and author. Her new book, The Idealist: Jeffrey Sachs and the Quest to End Poverty, named one of the best books of the year by The Spectator, Forbes, and Bloomberg, among others, is described by critics as “masterful,” “brilliant,” “heartbreaking,” and “one of the most readable and evocative accounts of foreign aid ever written."

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