• Coltan mining in DRCMining coltan, a mineral used in the fabrication of cell phones, in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Photo by Responsible Sourcing Network

    If Africa Is So Rich, Why Is It So Poor?

    by  • May 18, 2015 • 
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    They call it the Curse of Riches. Although the African continent is blessed with gold, diamonds, oil, coltan, bauxite, uranium, iron ore and other valuable resources, its inhabitants have long numbered among the world’s poorest. While a few sub-Saharan African nations are doing relatively well, most are mired in poverty. That a country’s abundant...

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    Children Groomed as Change Agents in Their Own Neighborhoods

    by  • May 20, 2015 • 
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    Praysam's "health minders" spread information on polio vaccines.

    KOLKATA, India — We started Prayasam, which means endeavor, in 1996 to organize children from difficult backgrounds and transform them first into change makers of their own communities and then make them accountable and responsible for the neighboring communities. Since its founding, Prayasam has been working with the children, not for them. Its focus...

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    Pursuing Justice for Peruvian Women Forcibly Sterilized Under Fujimori’s Rule

    by  • May 5, 2015 • 1 Comment
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    A Quecha-speaking woman in the highlands of Peru. RHONA SCULLION

    LIMA, Peru — Despite making great economic strides in recent years, Peru has a violent history that remains relatively fresh for many people here. Starting around 1980 and lasting until 2000, the country was rocked by an internal armed conflict between the Peruvian army and various guerilla groups, most notably the Shining Path. Atrocity...

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    More Questions Than Answers About Europe’s Plan to End Migrant Smuggling

    by  • May 11, 2015 • 
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    A transit point for human smugglers in Agadez, Niger. JOE PENNEY/REUTERS

    Will the European Union go ahead and militarily dismantle migrant smugglers’ networks operating in Libya without authorization from the United Nations Security Council and resistance to the plan from Ban Ki-moon, the UN secretary-general? Federica Mogherini, the head of foreign affairs and security of the European Commission and a former Italian foreign minister, made...

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