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Cooperation and Chocolate: The Story of One Colombian Community's Quest for Peace

Yes! Magazine

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Plagued by an internal war, a group of villages in Colombia created a “Peace Community,” declaring themselves neutral in the conflict and focusing their efforts on cultivating the 150 hectares of cacao trees in collectively owned plots to sell to global markets. While villagers still experience v...

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Bosnian Seniors Fight Loneliness Through Arts and Crafts

Transitions Online

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Nas Most uses artistic and cultural initiatives to combat loneliness among seniors. Over seven years, informal weekly meet-ups turned into formal painting and handicraft courses and membership grew from 30 to over 100 seniors. The association also organizes events to exhibit members’ works and pa...

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How They Did It: Tracking Down a Rwandan Genocide Suspect

Global Investigative Journalism Network

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Years after international authorities had stopped searching for a man suspected of being an architect of the 1994 Rwandan genocide, a freelance journalist spent eight months searching data and doing on the ground reporting to find the suspect in central France. A story on the find by journalist T...

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Online Art Keeps Bosnia's Isolated Seniors Connected in Pandemic

Balkan Insight

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Before the coronavirus pandemic, Our Bridge in Bosnia provided services to seniors to combat social isolation. Despite having to shut down in-person classes due to the pandemic, both groups now use online art and music classes to reach people who are isolated and at risk of depression. The group ...

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How a contested region became a model for multilingual coexistence

The Economist

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The border between Denmark and Germany was highly politicized and when it was set, Germans found themselves in Denmark and Danes found themselves in Germany. Each country is required to offer regional schools taught in the other language and some Germans have decided to send their children to Dan...

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The day Bluetooth brought a cardiologist to every village in Cameroon

Geneva Solutions

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A severe cardiologist shortage, especially in rural areas, led to the creation of the Cardiopad, an electrocardiogram device that allows local doctors to easily perform examinations and use Bluetooth to transfer them to cell phones to send to a cardiologist based in another hospital. The device i...

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