Author: Taylor Elkins

Taylor lives in Raleigh, NC. Her background is in biology and her current academic interests are in law and general advocacy projects. In her free time Taylor plays hand drums for a worship group, runs races, and walks dogs for the SPCA.

SEATTLE — In Namibia, whether a region’s water is safe to drink is, unfortunately, questionable. With evidence of sewage being recycled into drinking water, retailers misrepresenting “mineral water” and the mining industry contributing to pollution, the people of Namibia are having to create ways to ensure water quality and double check safety measures when they are unsure. The Goreangab water treatment plant resides just outside of Windhoek, the capital city, and is the destination point for most of the city residents’ wastewater. In 1968, Goreangab became a home to a one-of-a-kind water “reclamation” process. Unlike a traditional sewage mill, the…

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SEATTLE — Millions of Indian women suffer from breast cancer, fibrocystic breast disease and other pregnancy-related complications every year. A mineral deficiency is suspected to be the primary cause. Iodine deficiency affects over 71 million Indian women and nearly 350 million people are at risk. The risk is heightened for many in agricultural and rural areas because the soil is iodine-deprived. Most families do not even have access to iodized salt. However, the mineral is necessary to make certain thyroid hormones, critical for women’s physical and mental health, and for brain development of the fetus during pregnancy. While a simple…

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PALIKIR — The Federal States of Micronesia is a sovereign nation sitting amongst the hundreds of islands in the North Pacific Ocean. The country is composed of four states: Yap, Chuuk, Pohnpei and Kosrae, but these island groups are quite separate and distinct from each other. Cultures and even languages have distinguished themselves from one another due to the large expanses of water between each island. The people of Chuuk are known for their skills in wood carving, while the people of Kosrae practice traditional singing and chanting. The islands unite in their fondness for music and the arts. Severe…

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BAGHDAD — As home to nearly 38 million people in the Middle East, Iraq is a nation far too familiar with political and economic strife. Between war with the Islamic State (IS), and the international decline in oil prices over the last few years, Iraq faces several challenges domestically and internationally. One of the most severe consequences of the nation’s current posture is the growing poverty within its borders. The State of Iraq  Iraq is facing violence, civil conflicts and hosting a war against an international terrorist group. In addition, the nation’s government is thought to be one of the…

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