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In Nepal’s Children’s Homes, Volunteers Work Illegally and, in Some Cases, Put Kids at Risk

Region: Nepal

Topics: Child RightsHuman Rights

The Nepalese government struggles to enforce a law requiring all international volunteers to apply for work permits before taking even unpaid jobs in the country. Some volunteers take temporary jobs at children’s homes, some of which offer the visitors unfettered access to children.

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Muddy Roads Mean Expensive Rice in DRC

Region: Democratic Republic of Congo

Topics: AgricultureHuman Rights

Parents in Kisangani, the provincial capital of Tshopo province in Democratic Republic of Congo, say it’s too expensive to feed their children now that roads connecting the city to the rest of the area are in serious disrepair. The province has the potential to feed huge portions of the country, but it has become nearly impossible to get rice even to the provincial capital, let alone elsewhere in the nation.

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For Women in DRC, Conflict Means Greater Chance of Rape, Health Problems and Scarce Access to Health Care

Region: Democratic Republic of Congo

Topics: HealthHuman RightsPolitics

Women in Democratic Republic of Congo, who face a high risk of being raped because sexual violence is used as a weapon of war there, also suffer from complex health problems, often related to pregnancy and childbirth. HEAL Africa, which offers reconstructive surgery for women who have fistulas, also provides safe transport for women who live in remote areas that are sometimes surrounded by violent militias.

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Q&A: Lawyers Group Combats DRC’s Weakened Legal System, Helps Increase Access to Justice

Region: Democratic Republic of Congo

Topics: Human RightsPolitics

A weakened judicial system in the Democratic Republic of Congo allows offenders to go unpunished and prevents people from accessing justice. Conflict in the region has contributed to this problem, but Brussels-based Avocats Sans Frontières, known as ASF, is trying to combat this issue in DRC.

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Q&A: Lawmakers Mull Change to Constitution as Ugandan President Nears Age Limit

Region: Uganda

Topics: Human RightsPolitics

Throughout East Africa, presidents are using a variety of controversial methods to overstay term limits and remain in power. Uganda might be the next to follow suit as its leader bumps up against its constitution’s upper age limit for holding office.

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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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DRC Kidnap Victims’ Family Speak Out After Facing Ransom Demands, Sometimes Murders

Region: Democratic Republic of Congo

Topics: Human RightsPolitics

Since 2010, kidnappings have been common throughout North Kivu province and citizens blame the government for the lack of security in the region. Rebel groups are suspected in most kidnappings, which seek to fetch high ransoms.

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DRC Hospital Holds New Mothers Until They Pay Delivery Costs

Region: Democratic Republic of Congo

Topics: HealthHuman Rights

Hospitals in the city of Goma can handle the costs of natural childbirths. But mothers who have cesarean deliveries or whose newborns need intensive care that incur higher bills are not allowed to leave until they can pay. North Kivu Provincial Hospital relies solely on patients’ payments and would otherwise go bankrupt, a doctor says, adding that a support project in the works between his facility and the European Union should solve many of these problems.

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Challenging Family and Custom, Women Assert Legal Right to Inherit Land

Region: Democratic Republic of Congo

Topics: Human RightsPolitics

Traditionally, women in the DRC gained shares in property through marriage, not inheritance. Today few realize that this custom contradicts the law, which codifies women’s rights to inherit land. In the North Kivu province, one organization is spreading awareness of the law and helping to resolve inheritance disputes.  

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Deaths Are All Too Common, Compensation All Too Rare for Artisanal Miners in DRC

Region: Democratic Republic of Congo

Topics: EnvironmentHuman Rights

In the Democratic Republic of Congo’s mining industry, regulations are ignored, conditions are unsafe, and many miners work for mining companies without formal contracts. In the town of Rubaya, at least one miner dies per month, but reporters in three provinces couldn’t find any families who had received compensation for such accidental deaths.

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