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DR Congo: Nobody is above the law, not even the military

The atmosphere is tense in the town of Bweremana in North Kivu, a war-torn province in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). A large crowd has gathered outside a tent serving as an impromptu military court. They wait impatiently for the verdict to be announced. When the announcement finalmore

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Bringing light to Afghanistan's villages

At night, apart from the occasional flickering light of a kerosene lamp, Amir Hussain's village used to be shrouded in darkness. Until recently, the 150 families living in Sarasyab Shekhani, in Afghanistan’s remote mountainous northern Samangan Province, didn't have access to electricity. "My more

For day-to-day life in Georgia,
a return to normality

Nana Tskharozia is a school teacher in Chuburkhinji, in Georgia’s Abkhazia region. Keeping school premises tidy hasn’t always been easy, with the building deteriorating and in need of repair. But this year the Chubukhinji School is greeting children with freshly painted walls, a fixed roof and refurmore

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Businesses bloom in Sudan

Picking flowers is not generally considered hazardous, but Alhadi Ibrahim Muhammed is using a gargara for his protection as he plucks blooms from a hibiscus plant. The small, metal tool allows him to avoid painful skin reactions as he picks the colourful crop.     Muhammed, a 45-year-old fmore

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Guatemala: Laying a mother to rest after 31 years

In Guatemala, UNDP is helping family members of some of the more than 45,000 “disappeared” to finally find out what happened to their loved ones. The murmur of chanting and the smell of incense fill the air in a small house in Rabinal, about 50 km from Guatemala City. A Maya-Achi funeral is in fullmore

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Mobile courts bring justice to rural Pakistan

In a remote village in the outskirts of Peshawar, Pakistan, court is in session. The stenographer is typing away, the judge is listening intently and the air conditioner strains to keep the room cool as two property dealers from Hayatabad argue over US $6,000. But this is no ordinary courtroom. Thismore

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Nigeria: A tale of two chiefs

On a muggy day in June, hundreds of men, women and children from the Agila community, in north central Nigeria, dance to the beat of drums. Two chiefs--once at war--exchange a white sash as a symbol of peace and embrace. The crowd shouts. Peace has finally returned to Agila. Fifteen years ago, thimore