Day Laborers Are Hardest Hit as Businesses Shut Down by Months-long Kashmiri Unrest

Region: Indian-administered Kashmir

Topics: Human RightsPolitics

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.

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Feature Photo: Democratic Republic of Congo: Girls Mourn Beni Massacre

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Nepalese Trail Runner Guides Others to the Top of the Game

Region: Nepal

Topics: Culture

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.

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Motorcycles Made in China Are a Cheap, Fast Solution to Travel Through Rural DRC

Region: Democratic Republic of Congo

Topics: Business

In a mountainous area where good roads are rare, cheap motorcycles from China are helping people get around — and make a living.

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In Kashmir, More Brides Being Burned

Region: Indian-administered Kashmir

Topics: Human Rights

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.

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Months After His Uganda Parliamentary Win, Idi Amin’s Grandson Keeps Battling Stigma

Region: Uganda

Topics: Politics

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.

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They Fled Their Land During Civil War; Now They Have to Prove It Belongs to Them

Region: Uganda

Topics: Human RightsPolitics

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.

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Zimbabwe’s Drivers Risk Safety to Opt out of Costly Driver’s Licenses

Region: Zimbabwe

Topics: Corruption

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.

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Nepalese Mourn Religious, Cultural Sites Damaged and Destroyed in 2015 Earthquake

Region: Nepal

Topics: CultureEnvironmentHealth

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.

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To Help Conserve Lake Atitlán, Town Bans Plastic Bags

Region: Guatemala

Topics: EnvironmentPolitics

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.

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