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By Emily Ervin | April 28, 2016 - 10:00am EDT
It has been two years since the abduction of 267 schoolgirls in Chibok, Nigeria. The tragedy initially shocked the world. Since 2014, the coverage of continuing kidnappings has dwindled, and the international community has seemed to remove itself from immediate concern. However, the relative ease at which Boko Haram was able to carry out the kidnapping in Chibok has only led to an increase in abductions over the past two [...] Read More
A 14-year-old girl prepares for marriage in the West Nusa Tenggara province of Indonesia. (Credit: UN Photo/Armin Hari, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0,
By Maha Syed | April 26, 2016 - 10:00am EDT
For privileged children in the United States, their biggest worries are getting their homework done in time to watch TV and being able to play outside with their friends. However, for young girls in Ethiopia, they are worried about getting a proper education and hoping their parents don’t force them into marriage. According to Girls Not Brides, two in every five girls are married before their 18th birthday and one in [...] Read More
Human Trafficking, Sexual Slavery, Prostitution
By Shelby Hettenbach | April 22, 2016 - 10:00am EDT
Every year, thousands of women and children are sold into sexual slavery, also known as human trafficking. When people think of human trafficking they often think that it’s like the movie Taken; there is a mistaken assumption that sexual slavery only happens overseas and that the victims are snached off of the street from their families. This is not the case. A majority of sexual slaves are prostitutes.   The reality is [...] Read More
By Jennifer Keck | April 20, 2016 - 10:00am EDT
Visa-free travel throughout the world is one of the biggest perks of carrying a U.S. passport. Today, you can visit 154 countries without the paperwork, but that could change this summer. The European Union may slam the door on traveling freely, a decision with consequences beyond tourism. On April 12, the European Commission met to consider altering visa requirements for U.S. citizens, 15 years after establishing the [...] Read More
By Emily Ervin | April 14, 2016 - 10:00am EDT
The United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) pursue broad benchmarks in food security such as ensuring local food production systems, installing resilient agricultural practices, and maintaining ecosystems. By way of international donors, the UN advocates for these practices to be guaranteed in all countries. Ideally, the involvement of the international community should expand the capacity of the developing [...] Read More
By Rene Wadlow | April 13, 2016 - 10:00am EDT
On March 17, 2016, the “federal democratic system of Rojava” (a Kurdish term for northern Syria) was proclaimed officially. Some 150 representatives of Kurdish, Arab, and Assyrian (largely Christian) groups met in the city of Rmellane in northeast Syria and voted in favor of the union of three “cantons” largely populated by Kurds--the cantons of Afrin, Kobani, and Jezireh. The government as well as the Syrian National [...] Read More
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