China: Atrocities Overlooked as Individuals Prioritize their Best Interests in Drug Addiction “Rehabilitation”

BY SOPHIA KECSKES. Photography by Stringer Shanghai/Reuters and Jacksoncam. In the past few decades, China has developed significantly; this is most notably demonstrated in its strengthening middle class and the associated improvements in their quality of life, such as the electrification of rural areas and a vastly improved education system. Yet, when one more deeply…

Nigeria: Female Genital Cutting – The 20th Century Attempt to Ban a Harmful Traditional Practice

BY SARAH ECKINGER. Photography by Anthony MacMillan. When examining the history of health in Nigeria, many of the diseases and illnesses that have plagued the country are of natural origin, sprouting from bacteria or parasites that thrive in warm countries, or growing from viruses that jumped from animals to humans. Others are chronic and affect…

The Secret Theft of Human Rights

BY LINDSEY HIEBERT. Photography by Lindsey Hiebert. Birth and human rights are closely related; rights are principles and standards that protect individuals, and they are earned at birth, when individuals can begin to fruitfully take advantage of them. Many obstacles prevent human rights from being fulfilled, including oppressive regimes and discrimination. Birth, the same event…

Haiti: Improving the Maternal Health Situation through Increased Contraceptive Use

BY RACHEL ARNESEN. Photography by Jose Jose and Jean Francoise Leblanc. Each day, about 800 women die from complications related to pregnancy or childbirth.[1] While 800 deaths per day is an alarming statistic, what is even more shocking is that almost all of these deaths—over 99% of which occur in developing countries—are preventable.[2] In the…