Uganda Lifts Ban on Working in Jordan and Saudi Arabia, But Concerns Continue

Region: Uganda

Topics: Politics

Uganda banned citizens from taking jobs as domestic workers in Middle Eastern countries in January 2016 after reports of sexual abuse, slavery and beatings surfaced. However, because of high rates of unemployment at home, Ugandans continued to migrate illegally for work. The government partially lifted the ban in March and maintains that increased supervision through recruitment agencies will lead to safer working conditions, but some say the measures are not enough to prevent abuse.

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Women Bound to Muslim Law in Sri Lanka Seek Changes to End Discrimination

Region: Sri Lanka

Topics: CultureHuman Rights

Muslims in Sri Lanka are obligated to comply with Muslim Law and a corresponding court system when it comes to marriage, inheritances and other personal matters, but women there say that system is discriminatory. Proposed changes to that law could end discrimination and give Muslim women a way out of abusive relationships.

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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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In Nepal, Dancing Into the New Year

Region: Nepal

Topics: Culture

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Trade Route, Once a Symbol of Stability in Disputed Region, Troubled by Restrictions

Region: Indian-administered Kashmir

Topics: BusinessEconomyPolitics

New regulations that restrict trade between the sections of Kashmir controlled by Pakistan and India have created problems for businesspeople who trade fruit and other goods grown on either side. Trade numbers have dramatically lowered at the post, which the traders say hinders connections between family members separated by the border.

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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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In a Towering Chariot, a Deity Visits the Streets of Nepal’s Capital

Region: Nepal

Topics: Culture

For three days, crowds gather in the narrow streets of Nepal’s capital city as a towering chariot passes by. It is the annual festival of Seto Machhendranath — a deity worshipped by both Buddhists and Hindus.

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Music Genre of Zim Dancehall Captures Sound, Spirit of Urban Life in Zimbabwe

Region: Zimbabwe

Topics: Trends

Musicians in the densely populated suburbs around Harare, Zimbabwe's capital, gave birth in the 1980s to the genre of Zim dancehall, an adaptation of Jamaican dancehall and reggae. Today, the music is burgeoning, drawing fans from among the middle classes and portraying the realities of urban life in lyrics often sung in Shona, the language of the country's largest ethnic group.

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Traditional Dancers at Zambian Carnival

Region: Zambia

Topics: Culture

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As Tensions Flare in Eastern DRC, Elder Council Seeks to Quell the Violence

Region: Democratic Republic of Congo

Topics: Human RightsPolitics

Tension among the many ethnic groups in the Democratic Republic of Congo can result in extreme and prolonged violence. To help quell the conflicts, the Inter-community Council of Elders works to encourage dialogue, cultural exchange and peace among the groups.

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