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Niger: Fati: Taking Action for Her Son April 10, 2007
Niamey, Niger - Fati Issia seems alone in the crowd. In the midst of the boisterous waiting room at Niamey's Dar es Salaam neighborhood health clinic, she sits quietly while other mothers engage in conversation. She holds her seven-month-old son Moctar on her lap.
Uganda: First Day of School, At 14 March 5, 2007
Ogonyo IDP Camp, Uganda - It might look like any other day for 14-year-old Bosco Odongo. Dressed in a pink shirt and brown shorts like his classmates, he carries a crisp new notebook and walks the dirt path leading to the village school.
Colombia: For Leidi, a Place to Eat February 1, 2007
Kosovo: Giving youth a voice January 29, 2007
Mitrovica/Mitrovicë, Kosovo — This is a city divided by a river, by walls topped with sharp razor wire, by heavily armed soldiers and, most of all, by ethnic discord. Some regional analysts have derided the place as "a dead city."
Indonesia: Yanda's Healing Words December 20, 2006
Nicaragua: Coffee sales spur better health September 11, 2006
Yali, Nicaragua — The going rate to see a doctor or buy a month's supply of prescription medicine in this poor Central American nation is about $25.
South Sudan: Improving Child Health in Recovering South August 31, 2006
Few habitable places on earth are more remote than the villages of Ulang County, South Sudan. Some families there live a two-hour walk from the nearest water source. Others can reach the main town only by walking six hours along a narrow trail.
United States: One Year Later: Restoring Community August 22, 2006
Zimbabwe: Everyone Has a Role to Play Against AIDS August 21, 2006
By PATRICK MAKOKORO [Editor's Note: This Op-Ed was published by The Oregonian]
United States: The Eyes Have It August 15, 2006
New Orleans, Louisiana - Lynn Hobbs lost her home, her office, and - worst of all - her eldest son in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Such circumstances might break and embitter a person - but not Hobbs.