Issue

Women, Children, Crisis

In crisis areas, it is often women and children who suffer most. Countries with underdeveloped economies and countries at war face countless difficulties, but stories of the particular misery faced by women and children are often overlooked - resulting in far-reaching human, social and economic consequences.

Women, Children, Crisis pulls from a number of reporting projects around the globe that illuminate the adversity and outright crimes endured by women and children.

The United Nations estimates that over 200,000 women have been raped in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Armed groups use rape to spread disease and wreck or uproot communities, with shame turning victims into outcasts. These women suffer first by their rapists and secondly by husbands and family members who find it socially unacceptable to associate with them.

Aid agencies and international organizations recognize this mass-rape as a weapon of war. Another effect of war-torn countries where the duration of conflict eclipses generations is the use of child soldiers. Boys as young as seven are targeted by military leaders, given weapons and coerced into killing. There are an estimated 250,000 child soldiers in the world today, and some 30,000 former child soldiers in Liberia alone. In Sudan, boys that escaped the fate of becoming child fighters are returning to their villages to survey the damage wrought by war. Many ex-soldiers have dedicated themselves to rehabilitating their countries and with a unique photography program, working to regain respect of their communities as peacemakers.

In Nepal, an estimated 15,000 - 20,000 girls, some as young as 6 years old, work in indentured servitude. Poor families belonging to the Tharu community, an indigenous ethnic group in southern Nepal's Terai, send their daughters to cities as domestic servants in exchange for money. These girls are known as 'Kamlaris.' Besides labor exploitation abuse is rampant and girls are often sexually abused, raped, starved and beaten. "Olga's Girls," is the story of one woman's mission to end the practice and rescue these girls.

Women, Children, Crisis

October 07, 2016

Ending Female Genital Mutilation in Ethiopia

Amy Yee

Female genital mutilation affects 200 million girls and women worldwide. But in Ethiopia, Bogaletch Gebre's nonprofit has reduced FGM in one region from 97 percent to 3 percent by working within communities.

September 27, 2016

Oji-Cree Youth: Connecting Cultures

Dillon DeWitt

For individuals and families living in the remote First Nations reserve of St. Theresa Point, life teeters between traditional expectations and encroaching Western influences, producing a lifelong tension.

July 19, 2016

What's Driving HIV in South Africa?

Amy Maxmen

Young women are at particularly high risk for HIV in parts of sub-Saharan Africa, where about 5,000 of them acquire the disease each week. Is a drug to prevent HIV really the best solution? Amy Maxmen looks at alternative solutions in South Africa.

January 23, 2017|

For Widows, Life After Loss

In some cultures, the death of a husband has meant exile, vulnerability, and abuse. But bereaved women are beginning to fight back.

January 09, 2017|

Walking the Red Path

Life in the northern reserve of St. Theresa Point is demanding, but strengthening and protecting Oji-Cree culture is the greatest priority. In that regard, the reserve has had astounding success.

December 26, 2016|

Meet the Journalist: Emily Gogolak

Emily Gogolak, from the field in Tegucigalpa, discusses her reporting on violence against women in Honduras and the deportations of mothers and children from immigration detention centers in Texas.

August 01, 2016|

Meet the Journalist: Dominic Bracco

Photojournalist Dominic Bracco II's reporting follows Diego, a former gang member on his personal journey for reconciliation and redemption. In this video Bracco gives a behind-the-scenes look at the history of violence in Juarez.