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BBC: Venezuela Election Preview

BBC: Venezuela Election Preview

It is Venezuela’s most tightly contested presidential election in more than a decade. On 7 October, voters will decide whether to give President Hugo Chavez another six years in office or opt for his main challenger, Henrique Capriles, who represents a coalition of opposition parties. “I hope President Chavez wins the election because if not, […]

CBC/BBC: Surviving Expropriations

CBC/BBC: Surviving Expropriations

Young crocodiles cry plaintively for their mother as they are hooked in a trap and pulled, splashing frantically, from the water. But their mother is nowhere to be seen. These one-year-old Orinoco Crocodiles are part of a captive breeding programme designed to put the brakes on their slide towards extinction. The Orinoco Crocodile (Crocodylus intermedius […]

Reuters: Tough Return for Deported Guatemalans

Reuters: Tough Return for Deported Guatemalans

Luis Hernandez earned $22.50 an hour and shared a modern apartment as a construction worker in Salt Lake City, Utah, before being deported back to a tin-roof shack in a Guatemala City slum where tattooed members of violent street gangs lurk at every corner. Broke and facing the reality of life back here after being […]

BBC: Uganda’s Troubled Karamoja Region

BBC: Uganda’s Troubled Karamoja Region

  Karamoja, in the far east of Uganda, is the country’s least developed area and lacks many basic services. The United Nations Humanitarian Office estimates that at its current rates of progress, it will not achieve the Millennium Development Goals by 2015.           The Karamojong are pastoralists who greatly value their […]

BBC: Uncertainty over Ugandan Peace Talks

BBC: Uncertainty over Ugandan Peace Talks

Leorina Lakot, a mother of 9, is fairly typical of hundreds of thousands of northern Ugandans who have moved out of camps for the internally displaced in the last year. Having lived in Mucwini Camp, 25km north of Kitgum, for 4 years, in March she came to live at a new, smaller resettlement site. “Here […]

BBC: Angola’s Recovery from Civil War

BBC: Angola’s Recovery from Civil War

Francisca Segunda has come to a United Nations feeding centre in Huambo because her one year old son, Domingos, is suffering from malnutrition. She lives in Huambo and sells meat to make money, but sometimes there’s no meat to sell and no-one to buy it and she goes without food. That makes it hard to […]

BBC: Making Way for Middle Classes in Luanda

BBC: Making Way for Middle Classes in Luanda

The Angolan capital of Luanda is home to five million people, about a quarter of the country’s entire population, with most living in “musseques” or slums. One of those used to be Lucas Kaxingadoes, who has lived in Bairro Cambamba on the southern outskirts of Luanda for several years and where some families occupied the […]