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An Egyptian woman with red paint on her hand and face depicting blood during a sexual harassment protest in Cairo.

Egyptian Sex Abuse Victims Ask: Should I File Charges?

CAIRO — When one woman was sexually harassed this month in Cairo, she made an unusual move: she came to an informal agreement with her attacker's family and juvenile prosecutors to drop charges on condition that the boy get therapy and do community service.

Having caught the boy who groped her hard from behind, after quite a chase, Mariam says she felt confused. "People assumed that I was chasing him because he'd stolen something from me. They asked me and I said yes, he stole something very important, my dignity." Some of those who had gathered suggested she leave it now, she had caught, hit and insulted him, that he was young and she should forgive him. But those who stayed on the scene, all men Mariam says, encouraged her.

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Spotlight: In Africa, Elections Reveal Democrats And Despots


When President Yahya Jammeh accepted electoral defeat in the tiny west African nation of Gambia two weeks ago, voters and democracy advocates alike cheered. Jammeh, who once claimed a "billion-year" mandate and has been in power for 22 years, was finally vacating his throne.

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At the Rachel House center in Jakarta

Jakarta’s Sick Lack Palliative Care, One NGO Offers Relief

JAKARTA — Yanti, 93, lives in a tiny room along with three other family members in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta. She's unable to move or get up so she lies on a bed that dominates the cramped space. The air is thick with the stench of stale urine.

Yanti tells me she can't pass a bowel movement. She says she's constantly urinating. She lies on a layer of opened diapers. She grabs the flesh on my arm, which suddenly feels more chubby and elastic than ever before in her bony hand covered in thin, papery skin.

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