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  Threatened Polar Bears Find Sanctuary in Alaskan Village  
 
  Threatened Polar Bears Find Sanctuary in Alaskan Village  
The rise in global temperatures is having a devastating effect on Arctic ice formation, diminishing its scope and delaying its seasonal buildup. In 2017 NASA reported a record low wintertime maximum extent of ice. Thus, polar bears can’t reach their traditional hunting grounds until late fall. As many as 60 polar bears now gather in late summer in Kaktovik when the town begins its subsistence harvest for three bowhead whales. Residents carry what remains of the carcass to the far end of town where the bears converge, scavenging for much-needed calories.
 
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  © epa-efe / Jim Lo Scalzo  
 
 
 
  Chaupadi Tradition Banishes Menstruating Girls & Women  
 
  Nepali tradition Chaupadi banishes menstruating girls and women  
'Chaupadi Pratha' is an ancient tradition practiced by Hindus in some districts of western Nepal. Girls and women are forced to stay in small sheds, huts, or even caves away from their homes during their monthly period and are prohibited to participate in normal activities as they are considered 'impure'. They are denied access to toilets, water taps, and bathing stations at home, which forces them to go to jungle for defecation in the open air, use contaminated water sources and spend their nights in dirty and unsafe conditions.
 
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  © epa-efe / Narendra Shrestha  
 
 
 
  Dilapidated Ducor Hotel  
 
  Dilapidated Ducor Hotel  
From the dilapidated Ducor hotel on the highest point in Monrovia Nic Bothma was photographing a city overview out a window with a colleague when a bullet passed between their heads and struck the wall behind. 14 years later, he returns to the same place where he nearly lost his life. Built in 1960, the Ducor Hotel was once the most prominent hotel and the first ever 5-star hotel in Africa with 106 rooms and nine floors. In 2003, Charles Taylor’s fighters used the hotel as a firing position due to its vantage point on the highest hill during the siege of Monrovia.
 
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  © epa-efe / Nic Bothma  
 
 
 
  China Lifeline Express  
 
  Lifeline Express - restoring sight to China's rural poor  
In the small prefecture city of Baishan, China, a small team of doctors and nurses living on a rainbow colored train is literally returning the gift of sight to hundreds of patients from the surrounding region. It is one of four hospital trains called the Lifeline Express that have been chugging through the remote countryside of China for the past twenty years to perform free cataract surgeries for thousands of patients from poverty stricken areas.
 
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  © epa-efe / How Hwee Young  
 
 
 
  Sanskrit Gurukul  
 
  Sanskrit Gurukul  
A temple in Kathmandu, Nepal, is home to one of the oldest Sanskrit schools. Located within Pashupati Temple and founded 34 years ago Shree Bhagwat Sanyash Ashram and Gurukul School and hostel is funded by the donations of Hindu followers. The school was established to practice and preserve the Sanskrit Dharma-shastra. Sanskrit is the main holy language in Hinduism and Dharma-shastras are scriptures teaching the rules of social behavior. The students are educated in shastras and behavior while residing with gurus.
 
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  © epa-efe / Narendra Shrestha  
 
 
 
  South Africa Saving the Survivors Rhino Poaching  
 
  South Africa Saving the Survivors Rhino poaching  
South Africa has the world's largest Rhino population. However over the past nine years poachers killed a staggering 6,115 rhinos seeking their horns for sale to the lucrative market in the Far East. Only a small number of poached rhinos survive the horrifying experience of having their horns hacked off by either a saw or an axe. To help these seriously injured rhinos wildlife vet Dr Johan Marais founded the NGO 'Saving the Survivors' in 2012. The doctors clean and cover the huge, open wounds left after horns have been hacked off.
 
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  © epa-efe / Kim Ludbrook  
 
 
 
  Blindness and Visual Impairment in Asia  
 
  Blindness and Visual Impairment in Asia  
Projections from a research showed that if the current increment remains constant there would be 38.5 million blind people by 2020 with changes mostly due to rise in population and global ageing. The Asian region was found to have the highest rates of blindness. According to WHO, chronic eye diseases are the main cause of vision loss worldwide and un-operated cataract is the leading cause of blindness in low income countries, while 80% of all vision impairment can be prevented or cured.
 
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  © epa-efe / Bilawal Arbab  
 
 
 
  The Dalton Highway - America's Loneliest Road  
 
  The Dalton Highway; America's Loneliest Road  
Stretching 414 miles north from Livengood, Alaska (population 13) to the oil fields of Prudhoe Bay, just shy of the Arctic Ocean, the Dalton Highway is the most remote: there’s no radio, no internet, no cell service. And for a 240-mile stretch there are no facilities whatsoever - no hotels, no gas stations, no nothing. But what it lacks in services it makes up for in scenery: the treeless mountains of the Gates of the Arctic National Park stretching to the west, the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to the east.
 
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  © epa-efe / Jim Lo Scalzo  
 
 
 
     
 
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