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Hippos in Gorongosa
Gorongosa, Mozambique
By Luis Miguel Rodrigues
05 May 2013

Hippos are one of the more active fauna in Gorongosa. After decades of civil war the park is growing again thanks to an American millionaire that is donating part of his wealth to the park.

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Gorongosa National Park
Mozambique
By Luis Miguel Rodrigues
05 May 2013

GORONGOSA IN THE XXI CENTURY

After decades of war and deprivation, Gregg Carr, an American philanthropist funded a 50 million USD project that intends to bring back the glorious days of Gorongosa National Park, which, in the late 70´s, was the biggest National Park in Africa.

Gregg Carr changed, from one of the first I.T. tycoons, that generated wealth from his invention - the voice mail - to a full time philanthropist, dedicating himself to humanitarian and sustainable development activities. One of this projects is a 30 years plan that will use 50 millions of USD from his personal wealth to restore and bring back to the wild life, elephants, rhinos, buffaloes and other species to a place that in the past was the Heaven of wild life in Africa.

Activities like planting more than 3 millions of trees, creating and subsiding a natural research center with a full time investigating team, establishing eco tourism and specially make the communities that live around the park to better levels of health, education and employment were already done. Bring back the times where 6000 elephants, 500 lions and others could be seen in Gorongosa is the next step to be done in this National Park over the next 30 years.

HISTORY OF GORONGOSA

From the beginning of the 20th century to our days Gorongosa region was most of the times seen as a sanctuary of wild life unique in Africa. Meanwhile it reached the 21th century practically depleted of its wild life due to the brutal civil war between Renamo and Frelimo, political party's in the country during cold war time. But the hope and the will of the people, the philanthropy of a millionaire and the magic of Africa is giving Gorongosa rivers, lakes, tress, grass and specially wild animals a new spirit and life is returning to the glorious days.

In 1920 Gorongosa was declared by the colonial Portuguese administrations a game reserve for its directors, governors and all the superior staff and elite at the time. From the 30´s of the past century until the 70´s, Portuguese administration turned Gorongosa into a interesting touristic place receiving around 6000 tourist a year. It can be said that before Kruger National Park in the neighbor South Africa, Gorongosa have transformed safaris and wild life observation, in Africa, a democratic to do thing for the middles classes living in this region. Wild life was abundant and its easy to find old photos where 70´s fashion cars like Mini Cooper and others were stopped near lions or elephants with the same 70´s fashion style persons inside enjoying the animals. It was the time of around 6000 elephants and 500 lions among other species.

But after 15 years of struggling for its independence from Portugal and after few years of relatively peace and high social convulsion and revolution, Mozambique started a civil war between the Soviet supported Frelimo as the ruling party and the Western counterpart, Renamo. It was 13 years of destruction, guerrilla and real war that spread all over the country. Gorongosa, centered in the middle of Mozambique and located exactly near the biggest opposition base (Renamo), have seen a disaster, day by day, happens. Most of its animals were killed for illegal hunting or feeding both sides soldiers or even due to the lack of prey, they starved and diminished in number. Ivory trade played also an important role in the death of wild life, being used as gold in exchange for weapons to support and feed the war machinery.

1994 have seen a peace deal signed but both parts, headed by Italian NGO, Vaticano and the international community. Renamo and Frelimo agreed to shake hands and share the country with the democratic institutions and real politics ruling. Free elections came and started a project of democracy in the country. The war was finally over. In 1994, with the help of African Bank and European Union, Mozambican authorities started again, slowly and with the resources that one of the poorest country's in the world could have at the time, protecting, restoring and rebuilding the Gorongosa heaven.

10 years of peace in the country and Gregg Carr, together with Mozambican authorities, plans to develop and mainly give back to the wild life the park, the necessary support, quietness, freedom and naturalism to grow and return to the past splendor.

Gorongosa have now one main touristic camp in Chitengo area with all the standard commodities and a new luxury tented style opening in July 2013. Even if the number of animals nowadays is not the same as in the 70´s of last century; lions, elephants, innumerous antelopes, hippos, crocodiles and several others species together with more than 350 different species of birds can be seen in this part of Mozambique. Easily reachable from the capital Maputo by plane or even from Johannesburg in South Africa it can be visited from May until December when is dry seasons.

GORONGOSA IN NUMBERS and DATES

1969 - 2.200 elephants / 3.000 zebras / 200 lions / around 6.000 tourists per year
1974 - 6.000 elephants / unknown / 500 lions / around 12.000 tourists per year
1975 - Mozambique Independence
1992 - End of Mozambican Civil War
1994 - 100 elephants / 6 zebras / 6 lions / tourism was insignificant

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Poverty And Tourism In Laos
Luang Prabang, Laos
By U.S. Editor
26 Apr 2013

Although Laos has been a top ranked tourist destination in recent years, the country remains one of the world's poorest nations, and relies heavily on foreign aid and donations. People in Laos continue to struggle with severe poverty, and have extremely low life expectancy despite the country's booming tourism industry.

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WestTX (8 of 14)
Texas, USA
By Cécile Fandos
19 Apr 2013

West est une commune essentiellement rurale, dont l'essentiel de l'activité tourne autour du commerce et de l'agriculture. D'où la présence d'une usine d'engrais en pleine ville.

West is an essentially rural town. Its activity mostly revolves around agriculture and business, hence the presence of a fertilizer plant right in the middle of the city.

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WestTX bank (6 of 14)
Texas, USA
By Cécile Fandos
19 Apr 2013

Dans la principale banque de West, la queue au bureau des donations est plus longue que celle du guichet.

In West's main bank, more people are lining up for donations than at the regular counter.

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WestTX Waco construction company (10 ...
Texas, USA
By Cécile Fandos
18 Apr 2013

Les entreprises de construction de la ville de Waco voisine sont venues en nombre sécuriser les bâtiments encore sur pied après l'explosion. Débordés, les quelques artisans de la ville ne pouvaient faire face à la demande.
Numerous construction companies of the neighboring city of Waco came to secure the buildings still standing after the explosion. In West, the few craftspersons were overwhelmed and could not face the demand alone.

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Heroes for the Strays (12 of 30)
Alor star, Malaysia
By syahrin
12 Mar 2013

-Mak Intan preparing the food for the strays dogs.

For the past 20 years Pak Mie and his wife Mak Intan have been tending to the needs of stray animals suffering from diseases such as mange or cataracts.

The couple established the Pak Mie shelter on a vacant area near a river in Tanjung Bendshara. Although Pak Mie and Mak Intan have put in a lot of their own money and time into caring for these stray animals they have drawn the attention of malicious gossip.

They have been accused as running the center as a cover to hold donation money and accused of mistreating the animals. Pak Mie and Mak Intan strongly deny all these allegations. The center was only recently running on public donations. Prior to this the family ran the center with their own money.

The married couple volunteers at the shelter and its supporters are not only giving aid to these animals but are attempting to overturn Malaysians perception that animals, such as dogs, should be disregarded. Much of this public view stems from some of the Muslim population of Malaysia being taught that touching or having a dog is forbidden.

Contrary to the couple's efforts,the shelter is currently under investigation from the local authorities and they may have to relocate under the pressure of landowners.

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Syrian Children behind fences waiting...
Al Zaatari Refugee Camp
By Mais Istanbuli
24 Dec 2012

Fences secure the storage rooms that include the humanitarian aids that are distributed in Al Zaatari Refugee Camp. As soon as people were informed that new supplies were arriving to the camp, children slept all the night behind the fence awaiting for their new blankets.

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School for Syrian Refugees in Turkey ...
Antakya, Turkey
By Jodi Hilton
14 Dec 2012

Cousins Suleyman Selmo, 9, and Kawthar Selmo, 10, receive donated clothes from the Albashayer School for Syrian Refugee Children on their second day at school. Many children and families are in need of basic supplies including food and clothing.

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Syrian Children Behind Fences Waiting...
Al Mafraq, Jordan
By Alaa Rasheed
06 Dec 2012

Fences secure the storage rooms that include the humanitarian aids that are distributed in Al Zaatari Refugee Camp. As soon as people were informed that new supplies were arriving to the camp, children slept all the night behind the fence awaiting for their new blankets.

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Syrian Children Behind Fences Waiting...
Al Mafraq, Jordan
By Alaa Rasheed
06 Dec 2012

Fences secure the storage rooms that include the humanitarian aids that are distributed in Al Zaatari Refugee Camp. As soon as people were informed that new supplies were arriving to the camp, children slept all the night behind the fence awaiting for their new blankets.

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Syrian Children Behind Fences Waiting...
Al Mafraq, Jordan
By Alaa Rasheed
06 Dec 2012

Fences secure the storage rooms that include the humanitarian aids that are distributed in Al Zaatari Refugee Camp. As soon as people were informed that new supplies were arriving to the camp, children slept all the night behind the fence awaiting for their new blankets.

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Syrian Children Behind Fences Waiting...
Al Mafraq, Jordan
By Alaa Rasheed
06 Dec 2012

Fences secure the storage rooms that include the humanitarian aids that are distributed in Al Zaatari Refugee Camp. As soon as people were informed that new supplies were arriving to the camp, children slept all the night behind the fence awaiting for their new blankets.

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Syrian Children Behind Fences Waiting...
Al Mafraq, Jordan
By Alaa Rasheed
06 Dec 2012

Fences secure the storage rooms that include the humanitarian aids that are distributed in Al Zaatari Refugee Camp. As soon as people were informed that new supplies were arriving to the camp, children slept all the night behind the fence awaiting for their new blankets.

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Syrian Children Behind Fences Waiting...
Al Mafraq, Jordan
By Alaa Rasheed
06 Dec 2012

Fences secure the storage rooms that include the humanitarian aids that are distributed in Al Zaatari Refugee Camp. As soon as people were informed that new supplies were arriving to the camp, children slept all the night behind the fence awaiting for their new blankets.

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Syrian Children Behind Fences Waiting...
Al Mafraq, Jordan
By Alaa Rasheed
06 Dec 2012

Fences secure the storage rooms that include the humanitarian aids that are distributed in Al Zaatari Refugee Camp. As soon as people were informed that new supplies were arriving to the camp, children slept all the night behind the fence awaiting for their new blankets.

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Syrian Children Behind Fences Waiting...
Al Mafraq, Jordan
By Alaa Rasheed
05 Dec 2012

Fences secure the storage rooms that include the humanitarian aids that are distributed in Al Zaatari Refugee Camp. As soon as people were informed that new supplies were arriving to the camp, children slept all the night behind the fence awaiting for their new blankets.

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Syrian Children Behind Fences Waiting...
Al Mafraq, Jordan
By Alaa Rasheed
05 Dec 2012

Fences secure the storage rooms that include the humanitarian aids that are distributed in Al Zaatari Refugee Camp. As soon as people were informed that new supplies were arriving to the camp, children slept all the night behind the fence awaiting for their new blankets.

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Syrian Children Behind Fences Waiting...
Al Mafraq, Jordan
By Alaa Rasheed
05 Dec 2012

Fences secure the storage rooms that include the humanitarian aids that are distributed in Al Zaatari Refugee Camp. As soon as people were informed that new supplies were arriving to the camp, children slept all the night behind the fence awaiting for their new blankets.

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Syrian Children Behind Fences Waiting...
Al Mafraq, Jordan
By Alaa Rasheed
05 Dec 2012

Fences secure the storage rooms that include the humanitarian aids that are distributed in Al Zaatari Refugee Camp. As soon as people were informed that new supplies were arriving to the camp, children slept all the night behind the fence awaiting for their new blankets.

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Syrian Children Behind Fences Waiting...
Al Mafraq, Jordan
By Alaa Rasheed
05 Dec 2012

Fences secure the storage rooms that include the humanitarian aids that are distributed in Al Zaatari Refugee Camp. As soon as people were informed that new supplies were arriving to the camp, children slept all the night behind the fence awaiting for their new blankets.

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Syrian Children Behind Fences Waiting...
Al Mafraq, Jordan
By Alaa Rasheed
05 Dec 2012

Fences secure the storage rooms that include the humanitarian aids that are distributed in Al Zaatari Refugee Camp. As soon as people were informed that new supplies were arriving to the camp, children slept all the night behind the fence awaiting for their new blankets.

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Syrian Children Behind Fences Waiting...
Al Mafraq, Jordan
By Alaa Rasheed
05 Dec 2012

Fences secure the storage rooms that include the humanitarian aids that are distributed in Al Zaatari Refugee Camp. As soon as people were informed that new supplies were arriving to the camp, children slept all the night behind the fence awaiting for their new blankets.

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Syrian Children Behind Fences Waiting...
Al Mafraq, Jordan
By Alaa Rasheed
05 Dec 2012

Fences secure the storage rooms that include the humanitarian aids that are distributed in Al Zaatari Refugee Camp. As soon as people were informed that new supplies were arriving to the camp, children slept all the night behind the fence awaiting for their new blankets.

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International Aid
Tindouf, Southwest Algeria
By Docphot
05 Jan 2011

Aid comes from the USA and Europe. There are suggestions that quantities of aid are to be found for sale at makets in Tindouf and Mauritania, an inversigation is currently underway.

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Trailer Grocery Store
Tindouf, Southwest Algeria
By Docphot
02 Jan 2011

This HGV trailer has been recycled into a grocery store.

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Poverty And Tourism In Laos (9 of 9)
Luang Prabang, Laos
By hiroko tanaka
05 Aug 2008

Local Lao children sell a wishing bird to set free for $1 USD to tourists at Pak Ou Cave in Luang Prabang, Laos. Although Laos has been a top ranked tourist destination in recent years, the country remains one of the world's poorest nations and relies on foreign aid and donations. Lao people struggle with severe poverty and their life expectancy is extremely low.

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Poverty And Tourism In Laos (7 of 9)
Luang Prabang, Laos
By hiroko tanaka
05 Aug 2008

Kid shoes on the dirty ground in a village near Luang Prabang, Laos. Although Laos has been a top ranked tourist destination in recent years, the country remains one of the world's poorest nations and relies on foreign aid and donations. Lao people struggle with severe poverty and their life expectancy is extremely low.

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Poverty And Tourism In Laos (6 of 9)
Luang Prabang, Laos
By hiroko tanaka
05 Aug 2008

Children with bare feet play at Pak Ou Cave in Luang Prabang, Laos. Although Laos has been a top ranked tourist destination in recent years, the country remains one of the world's poorest nations and relies on foreign aid and donations. Lao people struggle with severe poverty and their life expectancy is extremely low.

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Poverty And Tourism In Laos (5 of 9)
Luang Prabang, Laos
By hiroko tanaka
05 Aug 2008

Local Lao children sell a wishing bird to set free for $1 USD to tourists at Pak Ou Cave in Luang Prabang, Laos. Although Laos has been a top ranked tourist destination in recent years, the country remains one of the world's poorest nations and relies on foreign aid and donations. Lao people struggle with severe poverty and their life expectancy is extremely low.

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Poverty And Tourism In Laos (4 of 9)
Luang Prabang, Laos
By hiroko tanaka
05 Aug 2008

A barefoot Lao boy plays in a village near Luang Prabang, Laos. Although Laos has been a top ranked tourist destination in recent years, the country remains one of the world's poorest nations and relies on foreign aid and donations. Lao people struggle with severe poverty and their life expectancy is extremely low.

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Poverty And Tourism In Laos (3 of 9)
Luang Prabang, Laos
By hiroko tanaka
05 Aug 2008

A group of young girls sell crafts in Luang Prabang, Laos. Although Laos has been a top ranked tourist destination in recent years, the country remains one of the world's poorest nations and relies on foreign aid and donations. Lao people struggle with severe poverty and their life expectancy is extremely low.

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Poverty And Tourism In Laos (2 of 9)
Luang Prabang, Laos
By hiroko tanaka
05 Aug 2008

A young girl sells crafts in the village streets near Luang Prabang. Although Laos has been a top ranked tourist destination in recent years, the country remains one of the world's poorest nations and relies on foreign aid and donations. Lao people struggle with severe poverty and their life expectancy is extremely low.

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Poverty And Tourism In Laos (1 of 9)
Luang Prabang, Laos
By hiroko tanaka
05 Aug 2008

Although Laos has been a top ranked tourist destination in recent years, the country remains one of the world's poorest nations and relies on foreign aid and donations. Lao people struggle with severe poverty and its life expectancy is extremely low.