In an industry dominated by men, more women are emerging as leaders, earning top dollar and employing teams of miners. But even as their numbers grow, they say their claims are often challenged by men who want to mine the same areas.
The pygmies of the Ituri forest have been hunters for generations, and they say nearby villagers have encroached on their land and frightened prey away; the villagers, in turn, say hungry pygmies have stolen crops. But in 2017, the pygmies started farming, with the cooperation of village leaders, and that has helped to end often violent conflicts between the two groups.
Corn is the foundation of many iconic Mexican foods, but in recent years Mexico has been growing less and importing more. A group of women in southern Mexico are supporting each other in growing corn and making corn-based foods, shielding the staple crop from the ups and downs of the global economy.
A year after a major earthquake, people in one community are still honoring a man who saved lives by pulling people from the rubble. In the minutes after the quake, when some others were too dazed or fearful to move, Laxmi Sundar Gainju began searching for survivors.
Every year, hundreds of thousands of Mexicans gather to celebrate Día de Muertos with colorful and elaborate costumes and parade floats. And even after two devastating earthquakes, this year was going to be no different.