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East Africa’s Worst Drought in 40 Years Is Threatening Countries’ Future

A Terrible Drought Overtakes Kenya

An estimated 1.4 million livestock have died because of drought in Kenya in the final months of 2021, which has taken a toll on herder communities. But these climate change challenges have perhaps come with a silver lining: Class sizes have increased, especially among girls.

Nairobi Gang Members Turn to Greenery to Change Their Lives and City

Ex-Gang Members Turn Nairobi Green

"Nature has saved a lot of youths who might have been killed.” In impoverished areas of Kenya’s capital, gang members are putting down their guns and instead creating green spaces in the urban jungle.

A Polish Village Is Tested

A Polish Village Is Tested

The haphazard but generous relief response appears to be the result of a relatively hands-off approach by Poland’s authorities, who in recent years have had much more experience in turning away refugees than welcoming them. The burden of organizing the logistics of support for refugees has instead fallen on local municipalities as well as NGOs and thousands of independent volunteers.

Peter Liakhov,
Tamuna Chkareuli
A Night of Terror, a Day of Fleeing

A Night of Terror, a Day of Fleeing

In the truck's cab were also the charred remains of two Russian soldiers. There were unidentifiable meat slabs on the sidewalk and around the road.

Mattias Carlsson,
Niclas Hammarstrom
The Music Plays Again in Mosul

The Music Plays Again in Mosul

The maestro is back home in Mosul, along with many of the previously displaced musicians. The campus theater hall is being rebuilt, and the statue of Othman al-Mosuli is back on display by the railway station, waiting for the toots of trains that bring new visitors.

Ali Al-Baroodi
The Movement to Place India’s Belittled Courtesans in a More Positive Light

The Movement to Place India’s Belittled Courtesans in a More Positive Light

Many Indians who had been influenced by Western education and Victorian mores belittled Tawaif art and culture. The British Empire, oblivious of the Indian traditions and cultural milieu, gradually began to erode the Tawaif tradition by equating courtesans to prostitutes.

Qadri Inzamam,
Haziq Qadri
Despite Turkey’s Tough Stance, Afghan Refugees Flood In

Despite Turkey’s Tough Stance, Afghan Refugees Flood In

People smuggling is big business. According to government officials in Van province, 1,262 smugglers have been arrested in the area this year, the majority of them from Turkey. Now there are fears that the situation for Afghan migrants is nearing a tipping point that will make it harder and more dangerous for new arrivals hoping to get to Europe.

Alba Cambeiro