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7 February 2016

A Young Pakistani Woman Hopes Her Soul-Searching Motorcycle Trip Will Inspire Others

Zenith Irfan describes herself as "a 21-year-old Capricorn on an epic motorcycle journey amongst the terrains of Pakistan with nothing but her free-hearted soul."

6 February 2016

The Former Refugee Behind One of Liberia's Few Bookstores, Where Children Can Read About Themselves

It's hard to learn to read when your country has been torn apart by war and disease. It's even harder when children's books come from far away.

1 February 2016

A Syrian Man Takes Refuge in a Korean Honeymoon Resort Island

Ahmed Lababidi, 22, left the war-ravaged city of Aleppo back in 2012, fleeing across the Turkish border. He followed his younger brother on a journey to South Korea.

31 January 2016

Once a Prisoner in Cuba, a Transgender Cuban Woman Vows to Never Return

These days, it’s a lot easier to travel between the US and Cuba, but some Cubans have no interest in going back to their homeland.

24 January 2016

Ghana’s Market Women Were Once So Powerful They Were Targeted by the Military

Women dominate the trading business, but that power came at a price a generation ago, when the market women were blamed for an economic crisis and their livelihoods destroyed.

23 January 2016

Once a Refugee in Syria, This Palestinian Woman Is a Refugee Once Again

Nadera Aboud is a refugee in Europe. But this isn't the first time she's had to flee her home. The first time was almost 70 years ago.

3 January 2016

A Young American Architect Helps Brazil Memorialize the Slave Trade

The wharf where slaves landed in Rio was recently unearthed and Sara Zewde has designed a memorial to the neighborhood’s tragic past.

2 January 2016

As the Number of Widows Grows, Widowhood Is Changing in Nepal

Thousands of men leave Nepal every year to work abroad. They send money to their families — but sometimes they don't return. This has deep repercussions for their wives.

27 December 2015

After Her Son's Murder, a French-Moroccan Mother Teaches Young People the Importance of Unity

Latifa Ibn Ziaten talks to French students about her son's murderer. And why they shouldn't follow in his path.

26 December 2015

‘Nobody Knows Their Story': A Bhutanese-American Psychologist Gives Her Refugee People a Voice

Luna Acharya Mulder has a rare window on the refugee psyche. Growing up, she went back and forth between two vastly different worlds--New York and refugee camps in Nepal.

20 December 2015

In Kenya, So Much Depends on the Orange Flesh Sweet Potato

Women in Kenya often don't go for prenatal visits, but now there's one way to get them to the clinic: sweet potatoes they grow for their families and to sell.

19 December 2015

How Maasai Women in Kenya Are Helping to Make Lush Brand Cosmetics

Women are making money growing aloe, and selling the leaves to the British cosmetics company Lush. They’re also harvesting honey, growing food and raising goats. It’s a sustainable ecosystem.

13 December 2015

Climate Change Could Already Be Displacing More People Than War

"We see a narrative of sustained suffering and sustained adaptation until a tipping point is reached and then a decision to migrate is taken.”

12 December 2015

How Culturally Sensitive Mental Healthcare Helped One Somali-American Teenager Stay Resilient

She survived hunger and homelessness. Then she had to figure out her identity.

6 December 2015

A Syrian Family in California Feels the Post-Paris Chill

Life is full steam ahead for this resettled Syrian family, but they worry their relatives, hoping to come to the US too, may not be allowed in anytime soon.

5 December 2015

A Citizen Reporter's Journey Through the Rubble of Aleppo Air Strikes

That often means Rami Jarrah is rushing to the aftermath of a bombing, as he did recently when he encountered a panicked father, frantically searching for his loved ones.

29 November 2015

To the World, He's Malaysia's Most Famous Political Prisoner. To His Daughter, He's Simply ‘My Dear Papa’

Nurul Hana Anwar channeled her sadness into a recently published book, "My Dear Papa". The collages inside offer a deeply personal picture of her father Anwar Ibrahim.

28 November 2015

In Malaysia, One Daughter's Long Wait for Her Father’s Return

When the Malaysian government imprisoned Anwar Ibrahim, they did not just take away his political career. They also took away a grandfather, a father and a husband.

23 November 2015

One Woman's Poem for Syrian Refugees—Including Her Cousin, Who Died Crossing the Mediterranean

“If I can create an empathetic bridge for them, through the poem, that that will create a really powerful success story.”

21 November 2015

Death Could Not Stop His Drive to Help Syria's Refugees

After dental student Deah Barakat was shot to death, his friends and family in the US made his dream of a dental clinic for Syrian refugees happen.

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