Laura Heaton is a writer and journalist based in Nairobi, Kenya. Her writing in East Africa over the past decade has focused primarily on conflict, human rights and women’s experiences in war. “The Watson Files,” her feature story for Foreign Policy Magazine (May/June 2017), retraces the steps of a British scientist working in Somalia in the 1980s, to see how the environment has changed after a quarter century of war. Laura’s reporting has appeared in The New York Times, National Public Radio, Newsweek and National Geographic. She is a Climate Change Reporting Fellow with the GroundTruth Project.