“I’m Still Alive but Sh*t Is Getting Wild”: Inside the Siege of the Amarula

In March of 2021, a village in northern Mozambique was attacked by a local ISIS-affiliated group called Al Shabab. Dozens were killed, and 200 people found themselves huddled in a hotel used by imported military contractors and construction workers, trying desperately to arrange rescue as Al Shabab waited outside. Rescue didn’t arrive. What happened next can barely be contained in a single tale.

The choice now was between dying where they were, or driving, unarmed and without air cover, into a raging battlefield. There was no debate: with any prospect of a rescue gone, they were leaving immediately. Nelson Matola said one contractor told him: “It’s better to die trying to escape.”

Author: Alex Perry
Source: Outside
Published: Jun 1, 2022
Length: 80 minutes (20,187 words)

The Plot to Kill the Olympics

“Just as the pandemic inspired political and social change the world over, so, during the course of 2020, did many of the bigger Olympic sports experience a quiet remaking.”

Author: Alex Perry
Source: Outside
Published: Apr 19, 2021
Length: 41 minutes (10,357 words)

The True Story of the White Island Eruption

” It was supposed to be a routine six-hour tour, including the highlight: a quick hike into the island’s otherworldly caldera. Then the volcano exploded. What happened next reveals troubling questions about the risks we’re willing to take when lives hang in the balance.”

Author: Alex Perry
Source: Outside
Published: Apr 15, 2020
Length: 34 minutes (8,610 words)