About the Author
Alex Perry is Time's Africa Bureau Chief, based in Cape Town. From 2002 to 2006, he was South Asia bureau chief, based in New Delhi, and covering locations from Afghanistan to Burma. He has won several journalism awards, and his report from the battle at Mazar-i-Sharif in Afghanistan was featured in The Best American Magazine Writing 2002. In 2004, an article on Nepal's civil war was runner-up in the South Asia Journalism Association's Daniel Pearl Award for Outstanding Story. Perry has also contributed to several other award-winning TIME articles. He is married with two daughters and lives with his family in Cape Town.