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November 5, 2014

Dear Friends of Round Earth Media,

We are immensely grateful for your pledge to Round Earth Media’s Global Mashup Kickstarter Project to support our reporting teams in Jordan, Ghana and Mexico.  Unfortunately, as you know, the campaign didn’t reach its goal; that means your account was not charged and Round Earth received no money.

We want you to know that we are firmly committed to continuing Round Earth’s mission of supporting young journalists – mostly freelancers – as they bring us important under-reported stories from neglected parts of the globe.  

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Reporting Morocco students on PRI's Living on Earth

October 31, 2014

Fascinating, Toxic Moroccan Tanneries

This story originally appeared on PRI’s Living on Earth, listen HERE.

by Amulya Shankar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Round Earth featured in The Freelancer!

 

By Kieran Dahl

This story originally appeared in The Freelancer, read it HERE.

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Locals say checkpoints along Mexico's southern border mean endless commutes and shake-downs

October 28, 2014

BY JENNIFER COLLINS

Zahit Salazar rises extra early on the days she goes to market. It used to take the 78-year-old a few hours to get from her house in

Now, it can take all day — because of the checkpoints. She has to pass through at least 10 of them from five different government agencies.

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The Latest from our Migration Team

Jennifer Collins reports for PRI’s The World that new immigration check point along the Southern border of Mexico are costing locals their livelihoods. Listen HERE.

Salazar_GrindingCorn1Zahit Salazar rises extra early on the days she goes to market. It used to take the 78-year-old a few hours to get from her house in Mexico’s southern state of Chiapas to the market town near the border with Guatemala.

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Round Earth Media weekly, October 23

October 25, 2014

Keeping Them Safe in one of the World’s Deadliest Countries


Journalist partners in Honduras: Marlon Bishop (American) and Iolany Perez (Honduran).

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For HIV Positive Moroccans, Life is Grim

This article was published by Global Health Hub on October 23, 2014.

By Mark Minton

CASABLANCA, MOROCCO – With his fair complexion and auburn hair, 21-year-old Samir is often mistaken for a foreigner. But Samir is a native Moroccan, and he is also gay and HIV-positive – something many of his friends still know nothing about.

“This sickness makes us live in humiliation,” said Samir, whose name has been changed. “But you say thanks to Allah and accept your suffering.”

Samir is not alone.

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NextGen sheds light on growing numbers of HIV/AIDs in Morocco

This story originally appeared on the Global Health Hub.

By Mark Minton

CASABLANCA, MOROCCO – With his fair complexion and auburn hair, 21-year-old Samir is often mistaken for a foreigner. But Samir is a native Moroccan, and he is also gay and HIV-positive – something many of his friends still know nothing about.

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From our NextGens on the ground in Honduras

October 24, 2014

NextGen Marlon Bishop reports back from Honduras: “Day 2 and already this is an amazing and fruitful trip. My partners are brilliant, brave, and easy-going, and Radio Progreso is a truly remarkable operation, doing so much with few resources.”



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Health Effects of Mercury on Ghana’s Small Scale Miners

October 20, 2014

Health Effects of Mercury on Ghana’s Small Scale Miners

This story originally appeared in the Daily Guide.

BY Jamila Akweley Okertchiri

“This is the box we use; we put the gold inside and add some chemicals. It gets rid of the impurities inside the gold and gives you the pure gold,” says 27-year-old Abu Quarm, a worker at a small gold mine in Prestea.

Mercury is the chemical used by Quarm and other small scale gold miners in extracting the gold small miners sell to prospective buyers who intend trade the precious mineral to gold companies.

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