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Military Protects Twice-Daily Convoys to Stem Violence on DRC Roads

Region: Democratic Republic of Congo

Topics: BusinessHuman RightsPolitics

Criminals in DRC’s North Kivu province have long preyed on major roads, committing killings, kidnappings, and robberies of travelers. In May 2016, however, vehicles from the DRC military began accompanying regular convoys of commercial and passenger vehicles on two main routes, and crime on these slow-moving convoys has been nearly nonexistent.

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Tension Between Herders and Farmers High as Violent Disputes Increase in Rural DRC

Region: Democratic Republic of Congo

Topics: BusinessHuman RightsPolitics

Herders and farmers in Kaseghe, a remote part of the country’s North Kivu province, struggle to keep peace as each group points fingers at the other for crop damage and livestock deaths. A local official settles at least one claim per month, but the violence is on the rise.

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Problem of Child Sex Abuse in Zambia Worsened by Bail System and Court Delays

Region: Zambia

Topics: Human Rights

Nongovernmental organizations and civil-society groups in Zambia are backing a move to eliminate the possibility of bail for those accused of sex offenses against children. The groups say that bail allows alleged abusers to intimidate their accusers into not showing up in court, to traumatize the victims further and to commit more crimes, although those accused of such crimes criticize the practices of police and slow-moving courts in such cases, as well.

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For Children of Uganda’s Civil War, Lingering Stigma Creates Difficult Homecoming

Region: Uganda

Topics: Human Rights

The twenty-year civil war with the Lord’s Resistance Army led to the abduction of children, some of whom were later subjected to sexual violence. As a result, many children who were born in captivity do not know their paternal lineage, and hence suffer rejection and discrimination. But churches, NGOS and cultural institutions are trying to equip them with income-generating skills and psychosocial counseling, in addition to reuniting them with their families.

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Featured Photo of a Mexican Exhibit of Political Art

Region: Mexico

Topics: Human Rights

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As Mexico’s Refugee Numbers Skyrocket, Lawyers Help Migrants Seeking Asylum

Region: Mexico

Topics: Human Rights

Mexico has seen a surge in refugee applications in recent years, driven by people fleeing violence in Central America. In response, organizations are offering legal help to asylum-seekers facing a complex application process.

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Nepalese Workers in Qatar Uncertain as Effects of Persian Gulf Travel Ban Unfold

Region: Nepal

Topics: BusinessHuman RightsPolitics

Nepal relies heavily on remittances sent from workers abroad and nearly a fifth of Nepal’s expatriate workers live in Qatar. Ongoing diplomatic tension in the Persian Gulf has led to a travel ban between Qatar and four countries in the region, and Nepalese workers wait with uncertainty as the ban begins to affect travel costs and working conditions.

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As Nepal Works to Get Children Off the Streets, Some Hide to Avoid Shelters

Region: Nepal

Topics: Human Rights

Child homelessness is a problem that government officials and organizations struggle to address in Nepal’s capital city and surrounding areas. While they intend to help reunite children with their families or give them a safe place to stay, some children say they would rather be on the streets than return to homes where they might face abuse.

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Lured by Promise of Jobs, Girls Trafficked to Kashmir Face Forced Marriage Instead

Region: Indian-administered Kashmir

Topics: Human Rights

Nearly a fifth of India’s reported human trafficking cases originate in West Bengal, and an established route takes girls from that state to Kashmir, where they face forced marriage. One such woman, Afsana, describes the deception that brought her to Kashmir and left her with no way out.

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Toddy Tapping, a Traditional Sri Lankan Job, Faces Extinction

Region: Sri Lanka

Topics: BusinessHealthHuman Rights

The process of making toddy, an alcoholic beverage, begins at the top of a coconut tree, where a toddy tapper climbs to gather the sap. Toddy tappers face danger as they work, walking tightropes between trees. That danger is just one reason why fewer people than ever before are going into the work.

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