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A collection of breaking news stories about the countries where IDEX works, and the issues we address.
Angels in Guatemala: Confronting a Legacy of Official Terror – by Susan Fitzpatrick-Behrens, Upside Down World, Jan 6, 2010
Guatemalan President Alvaro Colom publicly accepts a UN report that was originally rejected in 1999. The UN’s Commission for Historical Clarification (CEH) condemned the genocide perpetrated against the Maya people. The President apologized during a “Day of Dignity for the Victims of the Internal Armed Conflict.”
DISPLACED BY THE DAM: A lifetime’s harvest – India Together, Jan 5, 2010
After a lifelong struggle to slowly accumulate and farm his piece of land, Sitaram Paditar will lose it all to a proposed 455-foot dam. He still doesn’t understand why he will not receive compensation from the government, and has been fighting the proposal for decades.
A Tough Year Ahead – by Emilio Godoy, IPS News, Jan 5, 2010
In an attempt to close the 23 billion dollar deficit, the government started the year off by increasing the cost of basic goods like sugar, bread, beans and fuel. The year 2009 is described as “disastrous,” and 2010 is also expected to be rough on the Mexican people.
Rehabilitation challenge for child soldiers – IRIN News, Jan 12, 2010
As part of the ongoing peace process in Nepal as many as 3,000 young soldiers have been discharged from the Maoist army. They have been offered four different rehabilitation options, including schooling and small business training.
Parents rush to register children for school – by Latoya Newman, IOL News, Jan 12, 2010
The great school-year rush had many children wait listed. Officials are scrambling to make sure schools will be ready to run smoothly from the first day.
AfriForum fights for Zimbabwe farmers – IOL News, Jan 12, 2010
AfriForum, a civil rights movement, has launched the first legal step to try to stop the Zimbabwe government from the land grab that is chasing white farmers off the lands and homes. Farm invaders have continued to assault and prosecute farmers who resist giving up their land.
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