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Border Jumpers

1,000 Words About Mauritius

Bernard Pollack | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Bernard Pollack

People in Mauritius seemed shocked to meet two people from the U.S. But that's America's loss because in the middle of the Indian Ocean is one of the most incredible islands we've ever visited.

1,000 Words About Uganda

Bernard Pollack | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Bernard Pollack

Boredom -- and drinking -- often led to unsafe sex with prostitutes at the truck stops along the highway. As a result, truck drivers have one of the highest rates of HIV/AIDS in Eastern Africa.

In Zimbabwe, the Voice of the Worker

Bernard Pollack | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Bernard Pollack

Imagine being one of only five opposition voices in a country of thirteen million people, where all radio, print and television are strictly controlled by the government. That's Ben Madzimure's uphill battle everyday.

We Remain United: In Zimbabwe's Labor Movement, a Voice for Human Rights and Democracy

Bernard Pollack | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Bernard Pollack

Wellington Chibebe, the secretary general of the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions, works tirelessly to bring attention to Zimbabwe's economic and human rights realities and to pressure the government to reform its ways.

1,000 Words About Mozambique

Bernard Pollack | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Bernard Pollack

We love the energy of Maputo. It's the good kind of energy where we never felt like people were trying to hustle us. We also felt safe to wander. Maputo's vibrant, entrepreneurial, positive, and alive.

Rwanda: When 'Never Again' Happened Such a Short Time Ago

Bernard Pollack | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Bernard Pollack

We've never traveled anywhere quite like Rwanda. The country's wounds may never completely heal, especially when "never again" happened here such a short time ago.

In Kenya, Workers in the Tea and Flower Industries Find Strength in Solidarity

Bernard Pollack | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Bernard Pollack

Bella Rose, Red Calypso, Sunny Sher, Wild Thing, Ria, and Inca are all grown here in Kenya--roses with enticing names that give little indication about how they are grown or how the workers are treated.

Ethiopian Coffee Beans for the Caffeine Addicted, Liberal "Latte" Drinker

Bernard Pollack | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Bernard Pollack

Coffee "collectors" in Gima, Ethiopia don't plant coffee bushes, but pick the beans from wild plants. While this might be the most eco-friendly type of coffee production, it's not very lucrative.