Accessing Electricity in DRC Is Expensive, but Pirating Power Comes at a Dangerous Cost

Region: Democratic Republic of Congo

Topics: Human RightsLegal Rights

Installing an electric meter in Kisangani often means waiting years and paying a steep fee. So some residents are taking matters into their own hands – and risking their lives in the process.

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In Mexican Town, Three Sinkholes Prompt Debate of Water Use

Region: Mexico

Topics: Water

Three sinkholes in a small community in Mexico City have led geologists and locals to debate and investigate the town’s water use. Geologists warn of dire consequences if the problem isn’t addressed, but others are reluctant to link the sinkholes with water use at all.

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In Buenos Aires, School Construction Stalls Despite Overflowing Classrooms

Region: Argentina

Topics: ClassroomEducation

Public school classrooms in Buenos Aires are bursting at the seams, but new construction projects are at a standstill. Meanwhile, teachers worry that the poor learning environment will come at a cost for students.

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Their Coffee is World-Class, but DRC Farmers Say Growing It Doesn’t Pay

Region: Democratic Republic of Congo

Topics: AgricultureBusiness

Even though Starbucks and other major coffee companies buy beans from co-ops that represent them, coffee farmers in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo say they can't earn a living growing the crop.

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Uganda’s Comfort Dog Project Heals Trauma Through Therapy, Canine Companionship

Region: Uganda

Topics: Health

For those abducted during the war in northern Uganda, everyday life can be fraught with fear and traumatic flashbacks to captivity in the Lord’s Resistance Army. Now, a nonprofit in the area is finding that the best person to help them heal is sometimes not a person at all.

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Small Grains Hold Promise for Alleviating Food Insecurity in Zimbabwe

Region: Zimbabwe

Topics: AgricultureNutrition

An estimated 1.1 million people in Zimbabwe have unreliable access to food, so agricultural experts are encouraging farmers to grow drought-resistant small grains. But because maize, the country’s staple crop, fetches a higher price, it may be an uphill battle.

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For Ugandans Who Can’t Find Care at Home, India Is a Destination for Medical Tourism

Region: Uganda

Topics: AccessHealth

Some medical devices that help doctors treat cancer aren’t available in Uganda, so people who need treatment look for ways to travel to India. The Ugandan government has proposed legislation to help patients with cancer and other diseases pay for the long journey and the treatments, and small fundraising events like car washes have become more common.

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New Kampala Urology Hospital Aims to Keep Patients in Uganda

Region: Uganda

Topics: AccessHealth

Many Ugandans travel abroad for medical treatment, because doctors in the country often don’t have the necessary experience or equipment. But a Ugandan urologist opened a hospital last year in a Kampala suburb with a lofty goal: to offer excellent medical services to Ugandans – in Uganda.

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Ancient Waterways Threatened by Mexico City’s Booming Population Growth

Region: Mexico

Topics: AgricultureHuman Migration

For hundreds of years, Xochimilco, south of central Mexico City, has been home to an elaborate network of canals and traditional floating crops. The UNESCO World Heritage Site is protected, and building atop the crops is illegal – but laws and designations have been no match for Mexico City’s unstoppable sprawl.

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Ugandan Airport Expansion Project Cuts Worshippers off From Sacred Ground

Region: Uganda

Topics: Legal RightsReligion

A long-standing tradition ended in 2017, when Uganda’s Civil Aviation Authority fenced off an area where practitioners of ancient religions had made animal sacrifices. In a country where much land is not formally deeded, and ownership disputes are common, a spiritual leader wonders how the airport could claim title to the site, when his clan has been its rightful owner for more than half a millennium.

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