Injured and Treated in Qatar, a Nepalese Man’s Health Declines at Home

Region: Nepal

Topics: Human Rights

A Nepalese migrant worker is nearly comatose after being injured in Qatar. He received good treatment there, but now that he’s home in Nepal, his body is deteriorating and his family wonders how they’ll pay for his ongoing treatment.

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New Insurance Requirements for Nepalese Migrant Workers Bring Comfort and Concerns

Region: Nepal

Topics: BusinessHealthHuman Rights

Nepal’s new insurance requirement for migrant workers guarantees a payout in the event of serious injury, illness or death abroad, but some advocates worry that the policy doesn’t have workers’ best interests at heart.

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Despite Risks, Nepalese Workers Head to Afghanistan

Region: Nepal

Topics: Human Rights

The 2016 attack in Kabul that severely injured Man Bahadur Thapa and killed more than a dozen others spurred the Nepalese government to temporarily ban the nation’s workers from taking employment in conflict zones. But recent laws requiring foreign employers to offer benefits have led desperate Nepalese migrant workers to stream into Afghanistan.

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Citizens React: Zimbabwean Fertility Clinic Opens in Bulawayo

Region: Zimbabwe

Topics: Health

In some Zimbabwean cultures, family members are asked to bear children for a couple that has had trouble conceiving. The Bulawayo clinic, only the second in the nation, uses a technique slightly more sophisticated than in vitro fertilization, and residents give their opinions of an approach that is novel to them.

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DRC Students Drop Out as Parents Struggle To Pay Rising Required Teachers’ Bonuses 

Region: Democratic Republic of Congo

Topics: Education

Children whose parents can’t afford the rising cost of bonus payments to augment teachers’ pay are being turned away from schools. Teacher salaries are a major challenge for Congolese communities, where schools require parents to augment government salaries. Meanwhile DRC, with an estimated 3.5 million primary school-age children out of school, is among nations with the highest numbers of out-of-school children in the world.

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In Zambia, Old Law Ignites New Debate on Marijuana Cultivation

Region: Zambia

Topics: CultureHealthPolitics

In theory, cultivating medicinal marijuana has been legal in Zambia for decades. In practice, the law’s ambiguity and widespread confusion have made legal cultivation impossible.

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New Foundation and Support Group Created for Widows in Nigeria

Region: Nigeria

Topics: HealthHuman Rights

Inhumane treatment of widows is common in parts of Nigeria. The Hope Soars Foundation for Widows aims to offer abandoned women support and a sense of belonging.

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Somali Christians, Facing Persecution, Hang On to Hope for Sanctuary in U.S.

Region: Kenya

Topics: Human RightsPolitics

Though U.S. President Donald Trump has issued several orders aimed at barring immigration from several Muslim-majority countries, including Somalia, Somali Christians are hopeful that they can someday find refuge in the U.S. to practice their religion freely. Many Somali refugees resettled in Kenya, but there, too, Somali Christians face persecution while Kenyan officials seek to close the refugee camps.

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Riots Spread Through Lusaka After Six Die In Suspected Ritual Killings

Region: Zambia

Topics: Human RightsPolitics

Police say false rumors sparked looting in Zambia’s capital city this week. Two people died in the riots, more than 60 shops were looted and more than 250 people were arrested. Protesters originally took to the streets to demand police action after a series of suspicious deaths.

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Featured Photo of Refugee Women in DRC

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