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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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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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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DRC Center Uses Art, Cultural Activities To Promote Peace and Combat Unemployment

Region: Democratic Republic of Congo

Topics: EducationHuman Rights

At Yolé! Africa, young people from multiple ethnic groups work together to create art and learn job skills. In a country where ethnic tensions often result in violence, the center is an unusual environment where people collaborate to promote peace.

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Cameroon’s Tech Startups, Hungry for Funds, Distrust Government in Wake of Web Blackout

Region: Cameroon

Topics: Business

Cameroon’s startups have had trouble finding investment, and this year many were further hampered by the government’s three-month shutdown of the internet in English-speaking regions. Cameroon is hosting a series of meetings around the country to match startups with investors, but entrepreneurs are dubious.

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

Region: Democratic Republic of Congo

Topics: Human RightsPolitics

Tension among the many tribes 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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Former Child Soldier Hopes Amateur Boxing Club Brings Peace to Other Young Soldiers

Region: Democratic Republic of Congo

Topics: EducationHuman Rights

A former child soldier started an amateur boxing club in Democratic Republic of Congo to help other young soldiers move beyond their pasts. Now, boys and men from varying ethnic groups work together to find success in the boxing ring.

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