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Jordan + 3 others
Jordan's Quiet Emergency

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ALICE SU

When the adhan sounds, a sigh of relief ripples across the room. The call to prayer marks the end of the day’s Ramadan fasting and the go-ahead for seven disabled children, six volunteers, one grandmother, and two supervisors, all from Syria, to dig into the mountain of McDonald’s in front of them.

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Survivors of Sexual Violence Find Hope and a New Start

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KEM KNAPP SAWYER

GOMA, Democratic Republic of Congo — Yolande, dressed in a bright pink T-shirt, denim skirt and pink sandals, is holding her bright-eyed 2-year-old. The noon sun is shining and the air is warm. Yolande carries her little girl over to the yellow pail in the courtyard to join the other toddlers for a bath. The children are splashing the soapy water in and out of the pail—they’re having fun.

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Bangladesh: Before the Flood

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KENNETH R. WEISS

DHAKA, Bangladesh — Dobir Uddin remembers sitting on the riverbank near his farm in southern Bangladesh, admiring the puffy clouds scuttling across a big sky, the feel of a rain-scrubbed breeze on his face. Raindrops would lure fish from the river's depths. If he sat still, very still, he could catch one with his bare hands.

"I had everything at home," Uddin says, sitting on the bed of his one-room shanty in a Dhaka slum. Now, he says, he feels like he's "trapped in a cage."

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How Guatemala Finally ‘Woke Up’ to its Malnutrition Crisis

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ROGER THUROW

GUATEMALA CITY — In a hip restaurant set within a high-fashion clothing store, baristas created “Super Nutritious” drinks like the Sangre de Vampiro, a mixture of pineapple, celery, beets, lemon, orange juice and organic honey. “Rich in antioxidants,” boasts the menu.

Elsewhere in the restaurant, the subject of malnutrition was on the table. “Guatemala is fourth place in the world in chronically malnourished children,” Alejandro Biguria, a young architect in this capital city, was saying. “It’s outrageous.”

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Uganda + 1 other
Lessons of Aboke

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ROGER THUROW

ABOKE, Uganda — At St. Mary’s secondary school for girls, lessons literally grow on the trees. Philosophical statements and encouraging aphorisms, painted in white letters on green pieces of sheet metal, hang on the trees that ring the central courtyard: “Trees make our environment beautiful”; “Be proud of your school and environment”; “Learning to know is my dream and pride.”

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