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In Malawi, The Evil Tradition Of Sexual Initiation Camps For Girls

In Malawi, The Evil Tradition Of Sexual Initiation Camps For Girls

Who will come out and say out loud that this is really just rape?

Updated Nov. 7, 2023 at 7:15 p.m.

MULANJE With her sweet smile and schoolgirl backpack, Awa Kandaya, 20, seems to be the picture of innocence. But it's just a facade. Her virginity was taken away from her at the age of nine when she was sent to a "sexual initiation" camp in southern Malawi. Following a local tradition, a "hyena" — a man paid by her parents to "teach her about life" — raped her.

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Janet Adu, 'Mrs. President'

Meet Janet Adu, 'President' Of The Slums Of Ghana

ACCRA — Ghana has two presidents. The first was elected last December, and is named Nana Akufo-Addo, a 73-year-old British-educated son of a former head of state. The other is Janet Adu, 57, who never studied abroad and has always lived far from the luxuries of the official presidential palace. But she too was elected by popular vote to her mandate of "leader of communities' of the slums in Ghana.

"I was not candidate, but the people insisted," Adu recalls of her election in 2012.

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A HIV-positive woman praying for a better life

In Cameroon, Where The Fight Against HIV Is Still A Losing Battle

Lack of resources and social stigma continue to stand in the way of saving lives of those at risk of AIDS in many parts of Africa.

GAROUA — A group of women, some of them pregnant, others with babies in their arms, are gathered in front of a health center in Garoua, in Cameroon's North Region. They're here to get tested for HIV.

Many of the women were encouraged to come by volunteers from a UNICEF-backed NGO called No Limit for Women Project, which is working to reduce the risk of HIV transmission from mothers to babies. In Cameroon, half of HIV-positive pregnant women give birth at home, and most of the time they aren't even aware of their condition and so don't receive treatment to reduce the risk of HIV transmission, according to Odette Etame, the program director.

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Sultan Ismail Petra Arch, Kota Bharu, Kelantan State, Malaysia

Kelantan, A Laboratory For Sharia Law In Malaysia

KOTA BHARUOn Sultan Zaineb street, congregants leave the mosque one by one in Kota Bharu, the capital of the rural Kelantan state, in northeastern Malaysia. After Friday prayers, the loudspeakers are put on standby.

Some men wearing the traditional kufi turban cross a square at the heart of which stands a white arrow-shaped building. Padang Merdeka, an open-sky memorial that commemorates the place where the country's independence was declared in 1957, now faces a grim future.

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Rebecca Dali at the United Nations' Headquarters in Geneva

The Woman Who Stared Boko Haram In The Eye, And Didn't Flinch

GENEVAShe didn't expect the enthusiasm with which she was honored. When she received the 2017 Sergio Vieira de Mello Award, which is named after the former High Commissioner for Human Rights who was killed in Iraq in 2003, it was followed by a spontaneous roar of applause. Rebecca Dali, 56, was being feted at the Palace of Nations in Geneva on Aug. 19 — World Humanitarian Day — for her work in Nigeria. At that moment, she felt she experienced a "miracle of God."

Dali runs the Center for Caring, Empowering and Peace Initiatives (CCEPI), which was created in 1989 to help Nigerian women, children and orphans. Despite the radiant smile on her face, she typically works in the shadows.

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Women workers sowing children's underwear at a modern textile factory in Addis Abeba, Ethiopia

The Rise Of 'Made In Ethiopia' — With The Backing Of Beijing

HAWASSA — Peter Wan is smiling from ear to ear. The 50-year-old walks past huge warehouses, where dozens of Ethiopians are busy working on spinning and thread-dyeing machines. "We are in the production test stage," he says, at the Chinese factory of JP Textile at the entrance of the industrial park of Hawassa, some 270 kilometers south of the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa.

Soon, the labor force will transform the thread imported from China into cloth fabric, explains Wan. Then this fabric will be shaped into "Made in Ethiopia" shirts for brands such as Calvin Klein or Tommy Hilfiger, so they can be exported to wealthy customers in Europe and the United States. This park, which was built by the Chinese in just nine months, is officially operational. But it has not yet started to export garments.

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Anti-government protesters last month in Valencia, Venezuela

Venezuela, Curbing Press Freedom By Blocking Paper Supply

Ultima Hora — Aug. 30, 2017

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The Bardout family aboard their WHY boat
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Top Of The World, One Family's Adventures To The North Pole

Now on their third 'Under the Pole' expedition, French explorers Emmanuelle Périé-Bardout and Ghislain Bardout (and their two sons) just can't get enough of the far north.

UUMMANNAQ ISLAND — The telephone network is far from optimal on Uummannaq island along Greenland bay, but Emmanuelle Périé-Bardout and Ghislain Bardout wouldn't want to be anywhere else.

Three months ago, the couple left their hometown of Concarneau, in France's Brittany, and set sail for Greenland aboard their sailboat, the WHY. Accompanied by a crew of 12 people, this is their third in a series of Arctic expeditions that they plan to continue making until 2020. This isn't just a professional project; it's also a life adventure. Along for the ride are their two sons — Robin, aged five, and Tom, a toddler — and their dog Kayak.

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At a refugee camp in Ethiopia

Asia To Africa, Demographic Dividends And Disasters In The Year 2100

Climate change is already affecting people's lives, even as some may try to deny it. If nothing is done to curtail it, the impact will be much more pronounced in the coming years and decades, not only for certain communities — in low-lying coastal areas, for example — but for entire regions. Fast forward to the end of this century, and climate change could shift the global population balance, researchers now warn.

Today, Asia is home to roughly 60% of the world's population. But by 2100, it could drop to 43%, according to a study published in the journal Sciences Advances. That's in part due to rising temperatures and humidity levels, which would make it nearly impossible for people to live in the southern part of the continent. These areas are vulnerable to heat waves that would test the limits of human capacity to survive. In countries like India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, where citizens rely on agriculture, climate change would also endanger livelihoods. This is all nothing short of disastrous.

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Child playing on garbage floating in the Huai River

China's Polluted Rivers Yield 'Cancer Villages'

In villages along the Huai river, in eastern China, cancer rates are 50% higher than in the rest of the country.

HUANGMENGYINGLiu Yuzhi can barely stand. To walk, she needs to lean on a bamboo stick. Her emaciated face is covered with red stains and her hips are deformed by illness. She is 42 years old but she looks 30 years older. "About 10 years ago, I started feeling pain all over my body. The hospital diagnosed me with bone cancer," she explains in a strained voice.

Her husband had to stop working to care for her. "Financially, it's very hard," he says.

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Aug. 23 front page

German Daily Turns Trump Into Rambo After Afghan Policy Reversal

German daily Die Tageszeitung showed no photoshopping restraint on its Wednesday front page, in reaction to Donald Trump's decision to send more troops to Afghanistan.

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