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Sounds of Solidarity: Choir Practice Brings the Military and the People Together in DRC

Region: Democratic Republic of Congo

Topics: CultureHuman RightsReligion

In DRC, there is a long history of distrust between local people and members of the national army. But in one village, people from the two groups are singing their way to a better understanding through a church choir group.

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Boda Boda Drivers in Uganda Say They’d Rather Flee Accidents Than Get Insurance

Region: Uganda

Topics: BusinessHuman Rights

Boda bodas, or motorcycle taxis, are a common but dangerous form of transportation in Uganda, causing hundreds of accidents per month. Drivers are required to hold insurance, but many don’t. Instead, they flee the scene to avoid being blamed for accidents.

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Hundreds Arrested in Zimbabwe’s Latest Protests, But Was Justice Done?

Region: Zimbabwe

Topics: Human RightsLegal Rights

Hundreds of people who were arrested while protesting fuel hikes in January call for fair trials and better conditions in Zimbabwe’s overcrowded prisons.

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Zimbabwe Releases Prisoners in Amnesty Program, But Communities Worry About Safety

Region: Zimbabwe

Topics: Human RightsLegal Rights

Zimbabwean presidents have granted over a dozen amnesties over 30 years to reduce overcrowding in prisons. But the lack of criteria raises questions about who is being released and why.

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When Morgues Are Too Expensive, Mosquito Nets Do the Job

Region: Democratic Republic of Congo

Topics: HealthHuman Rights

People in DRC wrap dead bodies in treated mosquito nets to preserve them before burial. The aid organizations that donated the nets intended that they be used to prevent malaria.

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Who Owns This Land? After Homes Are Destroyed, Ugandans Await Court Decision

Region: Uganda

Topics: Human RightsLegal Rights

Forty homes demolished. Nearly 350 people made homeless. Forced evictions are not uncommon in Uganda, but even when people take their grievances to court, the drawn-out and confusing legal process gives no assurance that they will receive compensation.

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Bodies in a Taxi: What Happens When Funeral Transport Is Too Expensive

Region: Uganda

Topics: Human RightsMoney

In Uganda, some people use public transportation to transport deceased relatives back to their ancestral villages for burial rather than book expensive private cars. But doing so can be risky, since getting caught can result in jail time.

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With Murders and Kidnappings on the Rise, A Community in DRC Comes Together To Help Each Other Cope With Loss

Region: Democratic Republic of Congo

Topics: Human Rights

Each month, there are about four murders in Kirumba, a rural community of about 35,000. In response to the chaos that has become a way of life here, a community group called Silwamughuma was formed a year ago, so far helping more than 40 families as they mourn their loved ones.

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After Years of Conflict, Displaced Female DRC Residents Seek Trade Skills to Avoid Sex Work

Region: Democratic Republic of Congo

Topics: Human Rights

Insecurity continues to take its toll in the DRC. After 20 years of successive conflicts, an estimated 1.5 million people in the DRC have been displaced from their homes. One advocate urges humanitarian organizations to teach displaced girls the basic trades so they can earn money and avoid resorting to survival sex.

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In DRC, Groups Work to Reunite Thousands Of Children, Families Divided by Conflict

Region: Democratic Republic of Congo

Topics: Human Rights

Conflict that’s been consistent in this region since the 1990s has caused parents and children to lose one another in the chaos. Radio announcements are one local method of reuniting separated family members, and large aid agencies are also working to identify lost children and reunite them with their families.

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