Entries by Maja Stamenkovska

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How the Media Misrepresents Burkina Faso

Oftentimes, the media misrepresents Burkina Faso, a landlocked country in western Africa. Major journalist outlets like the New York Times or the Guardian usually only take note of terrorist or militia attacks in the country or diplomatic exchanges like when Burkina Faso most recently tied itself to China after renouncing connections to Taiwan. How the Media […]

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Recovering: Nonprofits Improve Education in Cambodia

During the rule of the Khmer Rouge, lasting from 1975-1979, education in Cambodia experienced a dramatic setback as schools were destroyed and teachers and educators were executed. In the aftermath of this destructive period, Cambodia attempted to rebuild its education system. But today, only about half of school-age children are enrolled. Cambodian History The Khmer […]

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How the Media Misrepresents the Democratic Republic of Congo

Located in Central Africa, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is the second largest country on the continent and rich in natural resources. While the DRC is often associated with the devastating civil war that ravaged the country from 1994-2003, it possesses the potential for immense economic growth. In recent years, the central African […]

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Girls’ Education in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

During the civil war in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), from 1998 to 2003, more than 5.2 million children did not receive an education. Although the situation has improved since then, the legacy of the war remains, especially its effect on the female population. In 2012, it was reported that approximately 62.92 percent […]

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7 Facts About the Rohingya Genocide

The Rohingya crisis in Myanmar is not just persecution, but a genocide. According to an April 2018 Al Jazeera feature article, Myanmar has taken part in “ethnic cleansing” of the Rohingya people by not recognizing the group as people and stripping away basic human rights such as food, shelter and clothing. There is also extreme […]

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Myanmar Child Soldiers: the Tatmadaw Kyi’s Takeover

Children, exploitation and guerrilla warfare have become an unfortunate triad all too familiar amongst the people of Myanmar. A country rife with decades of internal armed conflict, the nation relies on the recruitment of underage Myanmar child soldiers into its national army, Tatmadaw Kyi, to help supply ethnic wars with manpower. Who and What The children’s […]

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Mountains to Climb and Progress Made: Girls’ Education in Peru

Girls’ education in Peru varies based on geography. In rural communities often located in mountainous regions, only 36 percent of girls are able to finish secondary school education. Issues Within Peru Corruption still plagues the country and many of the government sectors are still underdeveloped — as evident when exploring the gap in the education […]