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Temitayo Olofinlua, GPJ Nigeria
Most states in Nigeria have experienced politically instigated violence as the country prepares for elections on March 28 and April 11. The National Commission on Human Rights recorded more than 60 cases of violence and 58 deaths in December 2014 and January 2015 alone. Some experts say such violence is to be expected in a budding democracy.
Global Press Journal reporters offer unique insights into their communities. In this new series, How to Spend an Hour In:, reporters take you inside their communities to highlight unique landmarks and cultural touchstones. Today from Global Press Journal Nepal: Experience Buddhism at Nepal’s largest stupa.
Prudence Phiri, GPJ Zambia
January’s presidential election drew the lowest voter turnout in Zambia’s democratic history, raising concerns about voters’ commitment to the democratic process. Millions of the nation’s registered voters, most of whom live in poverty, have begun skipping elections because they no longer expect progress. However, those who cherish democracy say it can only succeed if Zambians remain committed to the process despite disappointment.
Ivonne Jeannot Laens, GPJ Argentina
César González grew up in the slums of Buenos Aires and turned to crime to survive. While serving a prison sentence for committing a ransom kidnapping, he acquired a love of literature and wrote his first book of poems. Now free, he continues to shine light on poverty, crime and prejudice with his writing and filmmaking.
Photo Courtesy of Kivu Nuru
African designers are using kitenge, a commonly worn fabric, in fresh, inviting ways. The trend is raising the popularity of locally produced garments, offsetting a preference for European fashion. In Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo, designers and artisans say their work is flourishing in the warmth of renewed appreciation.
Chathuri Dissanayake, GPJ Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka, an island nation that has been afflicted with malaria outbreaks for at least 17 centuries, has an uneven history of battling the potentially fatal illness. After nearly eradicating the mosquito-borne disease in the early 1960s, public health authorities lowered their guard, opening the door to a massive outbreak at the end of the decade. Now able to boast no indigenous malaria cases in more than two years, Sri Lanka must consolidate its progress and maintain vigilance to win the World Health Organization’s coveted malaria-free certification.
Lucila Pellettieri, GPJ, Argentina
More and more, the nation’s top athletes are training alongside the nation’s top athletes with disabilities, pushing all of them to up their game.
Yam Kumari Kandel, GPJ, Nepal
Aficionados fear the ancient contact sport will fade away if the nation instead focuses its resources on cricket or football.
Mariam Aboubakar Esperence, GPJ, DRC
In a culture that has long valued overweight women, growing knowledge and health concerns have spurred many Congolese women to take up nzango, a refereed sport featuring jumping, dancing and chanting.