Author: Staff Reports

SEATTLE — Human trafficking has become a common topic of issue in the human rights and global poverty conversation. There are multiple elements of human trafficking to be aware of, such as what is done, how it is done and why it is done that all combine to create trafficking. The act involves recruitment, transport, harboring and receipt of people. The means include the threat or use of force, coercion, abductions, fraud, deception, abuse of power or vulnerability and giving payments or benefits. The purpose of human trafficking is exploitation, including prostitution of others, sexual exploitation, forced labor, slavery or similar practices, removal…

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SEATTLE — Audrey Hepburn is known best for her work as an actress during the Golden Age of Hollywood. She excelled in the field of acting and is one of few stars to have won an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony Award. Hepburn is remembered for her grace and beauty, especially the iconic look she presented in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. However, Hepburn was also a well-known advocate for humanitarian causes. She spent the later part of her life participating in different programs with UNICEF. Her help in countries such as Ethiopia and Sudan is an important part of…

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SEATTLE — Though Peru has experienced development and economic growth in recent years, severe poverty and inequality remain issues for the country. There exist troublesome contrasts between the rural and urban populations, as well as the male and female populations. Extreme poverty is primarily a rural phenomenon in the country, where 32.9 percent of the population is affected compared to only 3.5 percent in urban areas. Additionally, high levels of gender-based violence, unequal access to resources and teenage pregnancy have led to alarming gender gaps in Peru. However, disheartening though the statistics may be, one organization in Peru, the Centro…

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SEATTLE — Hugh Jackman is a big name in Hollywood. Fans of X-Men know him as Wolverine, and he has also starred in Les Miserables. However, he is also known as the founder and owner of Laughing Man Coffee. This is no ordinary coffee company; Hugh Jackman’s coffee helps poor farmers and their families make more money and live better lives. The Origins of Laughing Man Coffee In 2009, Hugh Jackman traveled to Ethiopia to make a documentary called Dukale’s Dream. While there, he met and formed a bond with the titular coffee farmer, Dukale. With the help of his…

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SEATTLE — The success of small and medium-sized enterprises (SME’s) is essential to the growth of rising economies all around the world. In developing countries, SME’s account for about 60 percent of national employment; in Tanzania, they produce roughly 27 percent of the national GDP. In a country so reliant on the economic contributions of such enterprises, it is extremely important that SME’s are able to stay afloat. The Structure of SME’s SME’s are enterprises that employ a relatively small number of people, usually between 250 and 500. They typically exist in the processing, manufacturing and trading sectors. For these…

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SEATTLE — India’s economic power is growing at unprecedented rates. However, despite being one of the world’s fastest growing economies, India has a long way to go to tackle poverty and ensure decent living standards for all. These facts about poverty in India delve into the country’s varied successes and obstacles in fighting poverty. Facts About Poverty in India A majority of the population of India does not have access to adequate healthcare. Of the many facts about poverty in India today, healthcare is perhaps the most important. India ranks 145th out of 195 countries regarding quality and accessibility of…

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SEATTLE — One year after the Rohingya refugee crisis began forcing many young children and adults to flee Myanmar, supermodel Gigi Hadid traveled to Bangladesh to serve as an activist and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) supporter. Currently, there are 1.3 million people in the area who need humanitarian aid, with half or more being children. Through this partnership, Hadid and UNICEF have been a voice for these young children and families in crisis and have supported millions of young refugees. UNICEF’s Work With Refugees As strong believers in the rights of children everywhere, UNICEF has played an important role…

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SEATTLE — Malawi’s misuse of aid is notorious. The sheer size of scandals in the country over the last few years is a testament to that. In 2011, aid to Malawi was stopped because a private jet for the president’s personal use was purchased using about £8 million of funds provided by multilateral institutions such as the World Bank. In 2014, a scandal that came to be known as Cashgate erupted. Members of former Malawi president Joyce Banda’s cabinet had been caught misappropriating financial development funds for the sake of personal profit. The amount lost came to $45 million. The…

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SEATTLE — Type 1 diabetes can be challenging to live with. The pancreas produces little or no insulin, so the diabetic’s life becomes dependent upon access to insulin injections. In addition, insulin must be balanced with food consumption, so the diabetic also needs to have a blood sugar monitor, blood sugar strips and a lancing device with accompanying lancets. All of these things cost money, which means that life with diabetes at different income levels can be challenging, especially if the diabetic is poor. According to Gapminder, countries around the world are divided into four income levels, with Level 1…

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SEATTLE — When people hear the term “refugee crisis,” most will automatically think of the Middle East, forgetting about the ongoing crisis happening in Africa. It has left hundreds of thousands displaced, and in South Africa alone there is a population of 586,000 asylum seekers and refugees living in destitute conditions, barely surviving. Life for refugees in South Africa is rife with xenophobia and discrimination, in addition to dealing with a corrupt government which makes day to day life a constant struggle. Coming from Burundi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda and other countries in central and northern Africa,…

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