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Stories about Disaster

15 October 2016

Devastation of Hurricane Matthew Renews Talk of French Reparations to Haiti

As bloggers urge people to "help Haitians, not the disaster capitalists" post-Hurricane Matthew, discussions about the need for France to pay reparations are -- once again -- front and centre.

12 October 2016

Blinded, Married, and Turned Loose in the Ring: Three Stories of Girls in Modern-Day India

Global Voices reviews a few stories covered by the Video Volunteers community's citizen journalists, showing how girls in India face and cope with various gender-related challenges.

4 October 2016

Six Months After Massive Fish Kill in Central Vietnam, Thousands Protest Lack of Aid

"We know this regime won’t offer us justice. Nor do they represent the interests of the victims. (But) if the people don't speak out, no one will feel the pressure."

28 September 2016

Puerto Rican Unity, a Bright Spot in the Darkness of an Archipelago-Wide Blackout

The blackout meant hardship for Puerto Ricans, but it also brought out the best qualities of many.

25 September 2016

Need the Latest News on Flooding? In Jakarta, There's an App for That.

In a “living laboratory for disaster,” a social media app is helping Jakartans improve upon the government's response to frequent flooding.

23 September 2016

Drone Video Exposes Illegal Burning of Land on Palm Oil Plantations in Indonesia

A drone video has captured the extent of land clearing in western Indonesia, which has caused a cloud of haze to descend in the region and in nearby countries.

21 September 2016

One Australian Nurse's Stirring Response to the Refugee Crisis

"I have learnt that not everyone is as caring; that the term ‘refugee’ is a dirty label that strips people of their identity."

Theatre Helps Heal Wounds After Ecuador's Devastating Earthquake

Ecuadorians have found a way to heal from the damage caused by the strongest earthquake in the country's history: art, laughter, and solidarity.

20 September 2016

Makeshift ‘Curfew Schools’ Help Kashmiri Students Continue Their Studies Despite Conflict

“Since the schools are shut, I’ve joined this centre to study so that I am prepared for my exams,” says one student.

12 September 2016

Charlatans and Mainstream Media Try to Profit From Earthquake Panic in Skopje

Alternative medicine TV show host "Ivan the Healer" published a post and backdated it to make it seem that he had predicted the series of earthquakes that shook the city.

25 August 2016

Earthquake Destroys More Than 200 Ancient Temples in Myanmar

The ancient temples of Bagan are as important as the Angkor Wat of Cambodia and Borobudur of Indonesia.

23 August 2016

Tremors Hit Southern Peru, Leaving Thousands Without a Home

A strong earthquake shook the Peruvian province of Arequipa in mid-August, killing at least four people and leaving hundreds without a home.

Philippine Sugar Farmers Facing Another ’Dead Season’ Turn to Government for Help

Tiempo Muerto, or “The Dead Season,” can be so brutal on farmers that more than a quarter of a million people—a whopping 385,000 sugar workers—are affected on Negros Island alone.

19 August 2016

When Never Forgetting the Attacks on France, Try to Remember the Heroes, Too

Global Voices looks at several heroic stories during the latest mass attacks on French soil.

17 August 2016

Ice Cold and Up to Your Knees: Russian Pensioner Has Spent 5 Years Living in a Flooded Home

RuNet Echo

The water, which nearly reaches his knees, is black and ice cold. Even in the summer, when the weather can be quite warm in the city, the water is freezing

15 August 2016

A Serbian Town’s Donation Drive for Flood-Hit Skopje Proves Solidarity Breeds Solidarity

"Citizens of Šabac, Loznica, Bogatić, Koceljeva, Vladimirac, Krupanj and other cities/municipalities, it is time! Show solidarity to Macedonia and the city of Skopje! We won't forget their aid in 2014!"

14 August 2016

A Viral Hit-and-Run CCTV Video Begs the Question: ‘Is Humanity Dead in Delhi'?

"Over 200 people callously walked past the hit & run victim, Matibool. One gave him a kick & stole his phone."

12 August 2016

Despite Flood Devastation, the Macedonian Government Pours Millions Into a Ferris Wheel

At least 21 people died, and dozens are missing and injured, in floods that hit the Macedonian capital Skopje, following torrential rains on August 5.

29 July 2016

A Police Raid in Bangladesh Leaves Nine Suspected Militants Dead. ISIS or Not ISIS?

"What we have in Bangladesh is a curious case involving a terrorist group that publishes magazine articles to boast about its plans, while the government...keeps on blaming the opposition..."

23 July 2016

Amidst Soaring Road Fatalities, a Tragic Accident Spawns Strange Jamaican Tales

A tragic accident on a dangerous but historically significant bridge leads Jamaicans to discuss road safety options -- with a few ghost stories thrown in for good measure.

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