Author: Stefanie Podosek

Stefanie lives in Buffalo, NY. Her academic interests include journalism, mass communication and history. Stefanie studied abroad in London and loves to travel.

SEATTLE — The Republic of Cote d’Ivoire (the Ivory Coast, in English) borders the North Atlantic Ocean between Ghana and Liberia. Although the country is home to West Africa’s second-largest economy–Cote d’Ivoire has a population of 24 million and is a leading producer of the world’s cocoa, coffee and palm oil–there is still poverty in Cote d’Ivoire. As of 2015, 46.3 percent of citizens of Cote d’Ivoire lived below the poverty line, and the country had an unemployment rate of 9.5 percent.  Poverty takes its toll on the country in many ways. For instance, Cote d’Ivoire has one of the highest rates…

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ATHENS — The water quality in Greece, as for many other countries, is a high priority considering the country is surrounded by it. For Greece, access to a clean water supply is of utmost importance. The Greek peninsula and its islands require an ample amount of clean drinking water but also of clean sea water as its beaches attract tourists year round. Although the water quality has made drinking tap water acceptable in Athens and other large towns, this practice is still not recommended for most Greek islands and even a few mainland towns. This means most Greek islands do not have their…

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