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Monocle 24/BBC: Violence Key to Venezuela Poll

Monocle 24/BBC: Violence Key to Venezuela Poll

Rising violent crime in Venezuela is set to be a key issue as campaigning officially begins for October’s presidential election. In his family’s apartment in a middle-class neighbourhood of Caracas one recent lunchtime, Juan Carlos, a young professional, told me about his experience of being kidnapped. He was driving his girlfriend home one Sunday evening […]

CBC/BBC: Developing Jonestown?

CBC/BBC: Developing Jonestown?

It’s hard to believe that Jonestown ever existed. The patch of rainforest in remote northern Guyana where Jim Jones moved his People’s Temple in the 1970s has been almost entirely reclaimed by the jungle. Locals say if you search long enough, you can still find remnants of a tractor used for transport and agriculture and […]

BBC: Venezuela’s Prison Orchestras

BBC: Venezuela’s Prison Orchestras

Famous orchestra scheme rolled out in prisons gives hope to inmates. The strains of classical music drift on the breeze across the vast concrete yard at Coro prison in western Venezuela. Surrounded on four sides by high walls or fences, looked over by a watch tower and countless closed-circuit cameras, the inner patio at this […]

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 […]

Reuters: Support for Guatemalan Narcotraffickers

Reuters: Support for Guatemalan Narcotraffickers

Local community defends family accused of drug trafficking Residents of a poor Guatemalan town have rallied around a family sought by the United States for drug trafficking but respected at home for handing out food, jobs and medicine to people in need. Guatemala has become a major transit route for drugs smuggled north to Mexico […]

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: Sexual Violence used as Weapon in DRC

BBC: Sexual Violence used as Weapon in DRC

  It’s claimed rape has being used as a weapon of war, on a shocking scale in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The country held its first free and fair elections last year. But despite this, there’s still no peace in the far east of the vast country. Several armed groups operate there and, according […]

BBC: Troubled Waters of Lake Albert

BBC: Troubled Waters of Lake Albert

The village of Ntoroko on the shores of Lake Albert seems peaceful enough at first glance, but the 600 fishermen who make their living here say recent events on the lake have devastated their business. Earlier this month, two people were killed when men in Congolese army uniforms clashed with security guards working on an […]

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 […]