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How Midwives on Sierra Leone’s Almost Untouched Turtle Islands are Improving Women’s Health

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

MATTRU JONG, Sierra Leone, Aug 26 (IPS) - Emmanuel is a male midwife.

At the age of 26, he lives and works on one of eight islands off the southwest peninsular of Sierra Leone, an hour by speedboat from Mattru Jong, the capital of Bonthe District.

OPINION: Boosting Resilience in the Caribbean Countries

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

UNITED NATIONS, Aug 26 (IPS) - Having lived and worked for more than a decade in four Caribbean countries, I have witnessed firsthand how Small Island Developing States (SIDS) are extremely vulnerable to challenges ranging from debt and unemployment to climate change and sea level rise.

Building Public Trust is a Key Factor in Fighting West Africa’s Worst Ebola Outbreak

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

KANDOPLEU/ABIDJAN, Côte d’Ivoire, Aug 26 (IPS) - The nurse carefully packs the body into a plastic bag and then leaves the isolation tent, rinsing his feet in a bucket of water that contains bleach. Then he carefully takes off his safety glasses, gloves and mask and burns them in a jerry can.

These Children Just Want to Go Back to School

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

PESHAWAR, Pakistan, Aug 26 (IPS) - Between government efforts to wipe out insurgents from Pakistan's northern, mountainous regions, and the Taliban's own campaign to exercise power over the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), the real victims of this conflict are often invisible.

The Time for Burning Coal Has Passed

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

GRABICE, Poland / PROSCHIM, Germany, Aug 26 (IPS) - "People have gathered here to tell their politicians that the way in which we used energy and our environment in the 19th and 20th centuries is now over," says Radek Gawlik, one of Poland's most experienced environmental activists. "The time for burning coal has passed and the sooner we understand this, the better it is for us."

Breakthroughs and Hurdles in Colombia’s Peace Talks

Monday, August 25, 2014

BOGOTA, Aug 25 (IPS) - Three major advances were made over the last week in the peace talks that have been moving forward in Cuba for nearly two years between the Colombian government and the FARC guerrillas, while the decades-old civil war rages on.

OPINION: This Flower Is Right Here

Monday, August 25, 2014

WASHINGTON, Aug 25 (IPS) - Where have all the flowers gone? Yes, of course, those are the opening words of a beautiful song made famous by such illustrious singers as Joan Baez, Harry Belafonte, Vera Lynn and the Kingston Trio, among others. It was a great number made greater by the different styles in which singers of different musical temperaments belted it out.

New York's Homeless Pushed Deeper into the Shadows

Monday, August 25, 2014

NEW YORK, Aug 25 (IPS) - Joe sits on newspapers spread on the sidewalk by the entrance to midtown's Grand Central Station. His head rests in his hands, only looking up when coins from passersby clink into his paper cup.

Bangladeshi Girls Seek Equal Opportunity

Monday, August 25, 2014

RANGPUR, Bangladesh, Aug 25 (IPS) - Until five years ago, Shima Aktar, a student in Gajaghanta village in the Rangpur district of Bangladesh, about 370 km northwest of the capital Dhaka, was leading a normal life. But when her father decided that it was time for her to conform to purdah, a religious practice of female seclusion, things changed.

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