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23 Feb 2018 description

by Anastasia Moloney | @anastasiabogota | Thomson Reuters Foundation
Thursday, 22 February 2018 16:43 GMT

"We're waiting for an earthquake to come at any moment"

By Anastasia Moloney

23 Feb 2018 description

by Ana Ionova | Thomson Reuters Foundation Friday, 23 February 2018 18:36 GMT

"If I was a parent in Nigeria, I'd be so scared to send my child to school"

By Ana Ionova

LONDON, Feb 23 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The kidnapping of dozens more schoolgirls in northeast Nigeria by Boko Haram militants could undermine efforts to keep girls in schools and threaten progress on women's education in the region, experts said on Friday.

23 Feb 2018 description

"Rebel chiefs come and tell the parents, 'We need your daughter'. It's not a request – it's an obligation"

By Inna Lazareva

BANGUI, Feb 23 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - As the wife of a pastor, Hulda was getting ready for Christmas, hanging up decorations and preparing for church services in Bangui, the capital of Central African Republic, when gunshots shattered all attempts at festivities in December 2013.

23 Feb 2018 description

Returnees describe their anxiety about the future, in particular, finding work back home - the problem that pushed them abroad in the first place

By Inna Lazareva

YAOUNDE, Feb 21 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Franck's return to Cameroon was nothing short of a miracle for Doris, who lost hope of ever seeing her brother alive when friends said his boat from Libya to Italy had capsized.

23 Feb 2018 description

"There is nothing that makes any woman happier"

By Dominic Kirui

EMUCHIMI, Kenya, Feb 22 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - On a sunny afternoon in Western Kenya, Eunice Shigali filled a 10 litre jerrycan with water, then unfolded it like a suitcase and placed it in the sun.

After a few hours, a green smiley face appeared on the side of the black container, telling her the water was clean and hot, and ready to cook ugali, a staple dish made of maize flour.

22 Feb 2018 description

by Kieran Guilbert | KieranG77 | Thomson Reuters Foundation

Eevent brings together prosecutors from countries including Albania, Nigeria and Sudan. They plan to work more closely to convict slavemasters and human traffickers

LONDON, Feb 21 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Prosecutors from more than a dozen countries joined forces on Wednesday at a landmark summit aiming to boost the global fight against modern slavery by convicting more criminals and tracing dirty money.

22 Feb 2018 description

by Jared Ferrie | @jaredferrie | Thomson Reuters Foundation

About 100,000 refugees remain in camps across the border in Thailand, while others sheltered within Myanmar after fleeing their homes

By Jared Ferrie

PHNOM PENH, Feb 21 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Plans to create two parks to protect swathes of mountainous jungle in Myanmar could stop more than 16,000 refugees who fled conflict from going home, campaigners said on Wednesday.

21 Feb 2018 description

"**Before (the pump) we used to walk two or three hours a day to collect water"**

By Adela Suliman

SHIKHARPUR, Nepal, Feb 21 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - In the village of Shikharpur in Nepal's remote Himalayan foothills, the faint sound of water can be heard trickling through a large metal pump.

Standing in golden mustard fields, a huge solar panel powers the pump that provides some 40,000 litres of water daily to families still recovering from Nepal's devastating 2015 earthquake.

21 Feb 2018 description

More than 60 percent of Togo's population lives below the poverty line, and many people lack reliable access to drinking water, education, health and electricity

By Karla Mendes

RIO DE JANEIRO, Feb 19 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - An African charity that improved access to drinking water and sanitation and reduced the chance of cholera deaths in a village in Togo was on Monday awarded the Kyoto World Water Grand Prize.

The award is granted every three years for outstanding grassroots projects to solve water issues in developing nations.

21 Feb 2018 description

A decline in water usage has pushed back the day Cape Town's taps are expected to run dry

CAPE TOWN, Feb 20 (Reuters) - South Africa's drought-stricken city of Cape Town has pushed back its estimate for "Day Zero," when taps are expected to run dry, to July 9 from June 4 due to a decline in water usage, the city's deputy mayor said on Tuesday.

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21 Feb 2018 description

The Kuchi nomads traditionally migrate in winter from eastern and central Afghanistan to graze their herds inside Pakistan.

By Jared Ferrie

PHNOM PENH, Feb 19 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Donors have refused to support 200,000 nomadic herders in Afghanistan who are running out of food and stranded with their dying animals after Pakistan closed the border, blocking access to pastureland, an aid group said on Monday.

21 Feb 2018 description

"In the end, death is always finding its way. If not through medical problems, it is through war, it is through hunger. In the end death is the destiny for many people"

By Heba Kanso

BEIRUT, Feb 20 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Syria's Eastern Ghouta has become a "death sentence" for children as heavy bombing is killing scores of young people trapped in the besieged enclave, aid agencies said on Tuesday.

19 Feb 2018 description

Stefanie Glinski | AWEIL, South Sudan, Feb 13 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When Malit ran away from home a year ago, he didn’t know he would be eating from the garbage and sleeping rough.

But the 12-year-old insists life on the streets of Aweil, a city in South Sudan’s northwest, is better than the one he left.

“My father left us and moved to Sudan and my mother wasn’t able to cook food for us every day,” Malit told the Thomson Reuters Foundation, devouring a mango including its peel. “I was always hungry. That’s why I decided to run away.”

19 Feb 2018 description

by Inna Lazareva | @InnaLaz | Thomson Reuters Foundation

BANGUI, Feb 15 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Tucked away on the University of Bangui campus in the capital of Central African Republic, a portacabin surrounded by palm trees shelters neat rows of test-tubes filled with green shoots.

Here scientists are running a laboratory using advanced nuclear-derived techniques to find a solution to one of the war-torn country's most urgent and deadliest problems: hunger.

19 Feb 2018 description

Restrictions on water use in Cape Town are "going be a part of what we term the new normal", says one city councillor

By Megan Rowling

BARCELONA, Feb 14 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Every day, the drought-hit South African city of Cape Town takes to social media channels to exhort residents to save on water, giving practical tips such as only flushing the toilet once a day with water already used for showering or washing up.

16 Feb 2018 description

by Umberto Bacchi | @UmbertoBacchi | Thomson Reuters Foundation

"They need a travel companion"

LONDON, Feb 15 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A new smartphone app aims to help migrants in Italy find hospitals, schools and police stations at the press of a button - and quickly seek help if they face abuse or exploitation.

More than 600,000 migrants have reached Italy from North Africa in the last four years, many fleeing war and poverty.

16 Feb 2018 description

by Jared Ferrie | @jaredferrie | Thomson Reuters Foundation

Most landmines in Afghanistan are a legacy of conflicts in the 1980s and 1990s

PHNOM PENH Feb 15 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Afghanistan's deadliest province for landmines has been declared free of the explosive devices after a decade-long clearance effort, the demining group HALO Trust said on Thursday.

The organisation said it had cleared more than 600 minefields in Afghanistan's western province of Herat, opening up 40 million square metres, or 15.5 square miles, of farmland.

15 Feb 2018 description

A decade of drought forced Pakistan's wheat farmers to change to less lucrative crops, but a timely forecast of rains brought fresh hope

By Saleem Shaikh and Sughra Tunio

ISLAMABAD, Feb 8 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - In early November last year, Muhammad Islam was surprised by news from the Pakistan Meteorological Department.

The 40-year-old farmer learned that good rains were forecast for the crucial wheat growing months of November and December.

13 Feb 2018 description

By Thin Lei Win

ROME, Feb 12 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Armed with smartphones, thousands of smallholder farmers across Latin America are set to benefit from a technology boost that will help them deal better with the effects of climate change.

A three-year agreement will see farmers receive vital information such as weather forecasts and early warnings via their smartphones, as well as online training and equipment to help improve water usage.

12 Feb 2018 description

By Anastasia Moloney

BOGOTA, Jan 26 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Near the bus station in the Brazilian rainforest city of Boa Vista, groups of migrants from Venezuela stand holding signs saying "I'm looking for a job".

Across the border city, other migrants - both men and women - sleep in tents pitched in public squares and in a sports hall turned overcrowded shelter, while others beg in the streets and wash car windshields.