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Good Intentions, Thwarted

Photos and audio reporting by Vanessa Gezari

Additional photos courtesy of U.S. Army Task Force 2-2

Editing by Megan Rossman of The Washington Post

U.S. soldiers are working with civilian anthropologists in the Human Terrain project to find new ways to win the trust of villagers in Afghanistan. But one Army unit's efforts to refurbish a mosque in a strategically important village are frustrated by Taliban interference.

International NGO Warns Global Recession Will Increase Human Trafficking

In August 2009, ECPAT International released a global report on the trafficking of children for sexual purposes around the world. The global recession will only increase the vulnerability of children to traffickers, according to the new report. "The recent economic downturn is set to drive more vulnerable children and young people to be exploited by the global sex trade," said Ms. Carmen M. Madrinan, Executive Director of ECPAT International.

100 Days to Copenhagen

As the world looks towards the December summit in Copenhagen, the Nepali government, World Bank, Asian Development Bank, DFID and Danish Embassy are arranging their own pre-Copenhagen negotiations for Himalayan nations. On August 31st and September 1st, representatives from the Himalayan region are scheduled to meet in Katmandu to debate and strengthen South Asian positions before the meeting in Copenhagen.

We've talked to Nepali experts on climate change and it's impact on South Asia:

The friends Bill Clinton left behind in Africa

Until they were 6, Bill and his friends Emmanuel and Jean-Jacques lived together in Mkugwa, a camp of 2,000 Central African refugees in Northwest Tanzania. Their parents were close friends, and the boys grew up sharing meals, soccer games, wheelbarrow rides. Then, in October 2006, everything changed.

Troubles in Congo

"Troubles in Congo" aired on the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer on Tuesday, August 11 as Hillary Clinton visited a war-ravaged Congo, bringing the country's troubles into focus. In this video, Jason Maloney offers a special report on peacekeeping efforts in the country.

This video is part of a series from the Pulitzer Center on Fragile States, a collaboration with the Bureau for International Reporting.

Jason George and Jon Sawyer interviewed on WGN

On August 9, Jason George and Jon Sawyer were interviewed on WGN's "Sunday Papers with Rick Kogan" about "Greenland: Languages on Thin Ice," a reporting project with the Pulitzer Center.

"Languages on Ice" examines the work of prize-winning Professor Lenore Grenoble, who is looking at how Greenland has done so well at retaining its native tongue despite incredible environmental and societal pressures.

See below for the 30-minute audio interview, divided into four parts.

Somaliland: A report from the field

On June 4th Narayan Mahon and Tristan McConnell arrived in Somaliland to begin reporting from this unrecognized breakaway region of Somalia. Tristan McConnel introduces the reporting project from the city of Hargeisa in the northwestern region of Somaliland.

Honduras: Malnutrition Reporting Summary

Nestled in a remote northern Honduras valley, Santa Lucia and the surrounding area are home to 20,000 rural inhabitants. These families rely solely on their agrarian skills for a subsistent living. But according to UNICEF, over one-third of Honduran infants are malnourished due to their indigenous lifestyle.

Water Conflict: The Indus Treaty

Control of the rivers that run through the region has always been a potential source of conflict between India and Pakistan.