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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.