Deadly protests that began in July have led to massive income loss in the Kashmir Valley, where most households rely on the wages of day laborers. The story of Mohammad Sultan is typical; his earnings have gone from the equivalent of $6 a day to perhaps $4.45 a week, partly because large construction sites, where he’d found regular work, were shut down as strikes ordered by armed groups prevented delivery of building materials.
Mira Rai, a former Maoist soldier and would-be migrant worker, pursued trail running and has risen to the top of the field, winning multiple local and international races. Her success is inspiring a new generation of young women to take up sports as a career.
In a region where domestic violence often goes unchecked, police, health officials and women’s advocates say more married women are being torched by their husbands and in-laws. There was an upsurge in domestic violence in 2016, when a military-enforced curfew confined families to their homes for months.
Taban Idi Amin, whose grandfather was Idi Amin, vicious dictator of Uganda in the 1970s, won a parliamentary seat in February but continues to battle against the people’s memories of his forebear. Though his campaign opponent warned that Taban Idi Amin would repeat his grandfather’s atrocities, and some accuse him of bribing voters, others point to ways he had helped the people of his district even before the election.
Much of the land in Uganda is owned by families under a traditional system, which uses geographical features as boundary markers and knowledge maintained by clan elders. The recent civil war has destroyed those markers, and most of the elders who know who owns what have passed away. As families return to their land, they now have a difficult task to prove it belongs to them.
Zimbabwe's economic crisis and high unemployment have made driving taxis a lucrative career option, but many drivers have opted to forgo a driver's license. They argue that corruption makes the official process more expensive than going without, but the country's high rate of traffic accidents makes the real cost nearly impossible to estimate.
Some of Nepal’s most beloved religious and cultural sites were damaged or destroyed in the April 2015 earthquake, and local people say they’re grieving the loss of favorite places of worship. Reconstruction will take years, and it’s not clear when those projects will begin.
San Pedro La Laguna is the first community on Lake Atitlán, and the third municipality in Guatemala, to eliminate the use of plastic bags. The new provision is stringent and also outlaws plastic straws, Styrofoam containers and all packaging material made of polystyrene.