6 Stories From 2016 That Made Us See The World Differently

From humane prisons in Norway to Colombian rebels preparing to give up their guns, these are some of our favorite features of the year.
12/29/2016 10:21 am ET Updated Oct 31, 2017
Yiceth, 18, spent four years with the FARC. Now she wants to finish high school and go on to study nursing after demobilizing
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Yiceth, 18, spent four years with the FARC. Now she wants to finish high school and go on to study nursing after demobilizing as part of the peace deal. Aug. 13.
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While The WorldPost is best known for publishing first-person voices from around the globe, we also regularly commission reported features from journalists abroad, covering a broad range of issues of global resonance. 

Here’s a sampling of some of our best features from our contributing reporters this year:

Illustrating his report with striking photographs, Vivek Singh traveled across Bundelkhand, a vast rural landscape in central India, and described how drought is crippling the region with parched land, farmer suicides and forced migration.

In the sweltering heat in Bundelkhand, a man and his wife remove silt from the bottom of a dried-out pond.
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In the sweltering heat in Bundelkhand, a man and his wife remove silt from the bottom of a dried-out pond.

Angela Giuffrida visited the tiny Italian island of Lampedusa to profile Pietro Bartolo, a doctor who’s treated refugees fleeing mostly from North Africa for decades. Over the past couple years, he has witnessed more and more lives lost and more serious injuries incurred than ever before.

Bartolo holds a 9-month-old Nigerian girl named Favour.
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Bartolo holds a 9-month-old Nigerian girl named Favour.

Dien Luong reported from Ho Chi Minh City about a new push by biotech giant Monsanto to spread its genetically-modified seeds to Vietnam after its toxic defoliant was sprayed by American forces during the Vietnam War.

Pham Duc Duy is cradled in the arms of his mother in Hanoi in 2007. Vietnamese doctors believe Duy, whose grandfather se
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Pham Duc Duy is cradled in the arms of his mother in Hanoi in 2007. Vietnamese doctors believe Duy, whose grandfather served in the Vietnam War, is a victim of exposure to dioxin passed down the generations.

Sophia Jones, The WorldPost’s Middle East Correspondent, followed a Kurdish Peshmerga unit during the U.S.-backed operation to drive the so-called Islamic State from Mosul. She found that U.S. allies who are defusing ISIS’ bombs don’t have basic protective gear and that’s costing them their lives. 

A Kurdish Peshmerga fighter holds the remnants of an ISIS-made improvised explosive device after dismantling it in Hasan al S
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A Kurdish Peshmerga fighter holds the remnants of an ISIS-made improvised explosive device after dismantling it in Hasan al Sham, a village between Erbil and Mosul, in October.

Sibylla Brodzinsky went to the rural Yari Plains in southern Colombia to write about the guerrillas of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, as they readied to leave behind their decades-old rebellion for a new life, pending a cease-fire with the government.

FARC guerrillas dance during an event at their encampment in Llanos del Yari, Colombia, on Sept. 21.
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FARC guerrillas dance during an event at their encampment in Llanos del Yari, Colombia, on Sept. 21.

Baz Dreisinger reported from Bastoy Island in Norway, where she examined how the country’s model prison system treats inmates humanely — and gets results. As the governor put it, “’Treat people like dirt, and they will be dirt. Treat them like human beings, and they will act like human beings.’”

This was produced by The WorldPost, which is published by the Berggruen Institute.

An inmate sunbathing in front of a wooden cottage in Bastoy Prison in Norway in April 2011.
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An inmate sunbathing in front of a wooden cottage in Bastoy Prison in Norway in April 2011.
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