About 16,000 cases of missing persons remain open in Sri Lanka, even though the country’s civil war ended nearly a decade ago. One woman whose son disappeared in 2008 continues to lead a group of families searching for their missing loved ones by organizing strikes and demonstrations to remind people that these cases remain unsolved.
A new initiative in Zambia aims to connect the police with the public by providing direct phone lines to local police stations. But the phone numbers do little good when callers from unplanned settlements report crimes in progress – and police can’t find their homes.
The Congo Wars, which devastated Democratic Republic of the Congo in the late 1990s, continue to affect citizens’ access to civil services and their ability to register for birth certificates. Now, humanitarian organizations are encouraging citizens to register by raising awareness about just how much that document can do.
In Nepal, many families view the birth of a baby girl as an economic burden. To reduce sex-selective abortion, one city in Nepal is encouraging families to keep their daughters - and it’s paying them for having baby girls.
With rents in the Argentine capital soaring, subsidy recipients complain that the amounts they receive aren’t keeping up with the increases. When subsidies arrive later and later to pay impatient landlords, as one woman says, “Everything falls apart.”
Damien Mander, founder of the International Anti-Poaching Foundation, has changed the lives of the women he’s hired to be wildlife rangers in Zimbabwe’s Lower Zambezi Valley. But many people in the conservation world worry that Mander’s approach is neither effective nor safe.
Since last year, the police force in Buenos Aires has been using real-time crime maps to move officers and plan strategy, and the force cites a statistical drop in crime. But some the city’s residents say they see fewer officers – and criminals taking advantage of it.