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BBC: Rainforest University

BBC: Rainforest University

It’s an early start for students at Venezuela’s Indigenous University. Rising from their hammocks at dawn, they bathe in the River Tauca that runs through the 2,000 hectare (5,000 acre) rainforest campus in southern Venezuela. Then there is time for breakfast and an hour of personal study before heading to class. It takes about half […]

Reuters: Garifuna’s Endangered Culture

Reuters: Garifuna’s Endangered Culture

Descendants of African slaves who fled to Guatemala two centuries ago honored their ancestors in a wild celebration of a culture threatened by mass migration to the United States. Hundreds of people from the Black Carib Garifuna culture re-enacted their forefathers’ arrival in Guatemala by dugout canoe, then swayed through the streets to the sound […]

Reuters: Booze Ban doesn’t stop Guatemalan Horse Race

Reuters: Booze Ban doesn’t stop Guatemalan Horse Race

Despite a drinking ban mayhem erupted at a traditional Mayan horse race with riders falling off their horses and drunken spectators stumbling through the mountain village. Hundreds of tourists and locals gathered for the annual spectacle in Todo Santos Cuchumatan on Sunday to cheer the dozens of riders charging back and forth along a 330-foot […]

Reuters: Bloody Battle in Mayan Mirador

Reuters: Bloody Battle in Mayan Mirador

One of Guatemala’s greatest ancient Mayan cities may have died out in a bloody battle atop a huge pyramid between a royal family and invaders from hundreds of miles away, archaeologists say. Researchers are carrying out DNA tests on blood samples from hundreds of spear tips and arrowheads dug up with bone fragments and smashed […]

BBC: Forgiveness in Northern Uganda

BBC: Forgiveness in Northern Uganda

  Yoko Ono, guest Editor of Radio Four’s Today programme, was interested in exploring different paths to peace across the world. She asked Sarah Grainger to visit a displacement camp in the Gulu district of northern Uganda to see conflict resolution in action… BBC Radio Four Today Programme Reconciliation in Northern Uganda

BBC: Angola Celebrates Carnival

BBC: Angola Celebrates Carnival

Brazil is famous the world over for its celebration of Mardi Gras, the day that marks the start of Lent, the Christian period of fasting. But the people of Angola also take this festival very seriously with their own version of Carnival that’s been celebrated there since the country became a Portuguese colony.   When […]