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Why are Colombian bananas crooked?

  • Conflict
  • Agriculture
  • Ecology

COLOMBIA - Belgium is a banana republic, as far as trade is concerned. There are only three countries in the world that import more bananas than we do: the United States, Russia and China. But we export 87 percent, or 1.17 tons, of those bananas. Most bananas come from Colombia. 

Afghanistan: is our military presence still useful?

  • Conflict
  • Religion
  • Terrorism

AFGHANISTAN - Now that the Taliban is constantly threatening with attacks on polling stations and other places, it is fearful to see what the Afghan presidential elections of September 28 will bring. But everyone is convinced that they must continue: “The Taliban cannot stop us anymore. It's too late for that." 

The forgotten people: The story of the Jezidis about the last genocide

  • Conflict
  • Human Rights
  • Religion

IRAQ - In the summer of 2014, IS invaded the Sinjar region in northern Iraq. Hundreds of thousands of residents fled to Iraqi Kurdistan, or to Mount Sinjar, not knowing that help would come days later. Without food or water many died of exhaustion. But IS had come not only to expand the Caliphate, but also to eradicate the Jezidis, a community with its own religion and an ancient culture. Fate awaited residents who were locked down by IS. The men were killed; women and girls sold as slaves and boys were put in IS training camps.

Rebuilding Raqqah

  • Conflict
  • International
  • Politics
  • Terrorism

"Bomb after bomb after bomb." Dima is peeling potatoes in the kitchen when rockets are fired at her house. She loses a leg and two fingers. There are 7 dead. All citizens.

Inocencia asesinada

  • Conflict
  • Health
  • Religion

"When I woke up in the hospital, there were police officers around me. They said that I had killed my child." Maria Teresa De Rivera is 34 when she gets a miscarriage on the toilet. Due to strict abortion laws in her country, she is sentenced to 40 years in prison. She not only loses a child, but also her freedom. Under pressure from, among others, the Catholic Church, El Salvador has one of the strictest abortion laws in the world.

Uganda: The best country in the world for refugees

  • Conflict
  • International

Uganda is known as 'the best country in the world for refugees'. Everyone who arrives gets a piece of land and material to build a house.

Kyaka II Refugee Settlement

Is ISIS over?

  • Conflict
  • Religion
  • International
  • Politics
  • Terrorism

The caliphate is shrinking and ISIS is practically military defeated. But then what? Is ISIS a thing of the past? What remains of the terrorist group and what is there to expect? 

Identity cards rip apart Palestinian families

  • Conflict
  • Family
  • International
  • Politics

Palestinians better think twice before they marry. Many couples can't live together because their partner has another identity card.

I am Golden Karen

  • Conflict
  • Art
  • International

The Karen People are an ethnic minority of eastern and southern Burma (Myanmar). Many Karen people live in north-western Thailand as refugees from the decades-long Karen insurgency and Burmese government oppression. 

No friends but the mountains

  • Conflict
  • Politics
  • Religion

Around 2014, several reports were published about the Kurdish women's armies. They were presented as courageous fighters who fought heroically against the ISIS. They stood out as a special appearance in the Middle East where usually men seem to make the decisions. They were feared by the ISIS fighters, because whoever is killed by a woman wouldn't go to heaven. The fact that these warriors generally looked good on camera attracted the attention of Australian and British news channels, such as the BBC.