Laura Heaton is a writer and journalist based in Nairobi, Kenya. Her work in East Africa over the past ten years has focused primarily on conflict and human rights, humanitarian assistance, and women’s experiences in war. Laura is currently contributing to a book on the role of women’s leadership in the rebuilding of post-genocide Rwanda, working with U.S. Ambassador Swanee Hunt. Her reporting has appeared in several magazines and newspapers, including The New York Times, Newsweek, Foreign Policy, National Geographic, The Daily Telegraph, and the International Review of the Red Cross, a journal published by the International Committee of the Red Cross and Cambridge University Press.