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India:

empowering women

In the whole country and especially outside the towns in the poor rural areas of India, a daughter is deemed to be a burden. Her later marriage catapults whole families into financial ruin. Women are seen as poor workers, in spite of working hard on the land, sometimes from childhood.

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Columbia:

Pale and far too thin

Liliana is seventeen years old. Five months pregnant, she lives in a tiny shabby room in a sleazy hotel charging by the hour for five euros a day. She earns these five euros with prostitution. Usually at the metro station Prado in the Columbian town of Medellín, the place to go for child prostitutes. “It is not easy, as I am already one of the older ones” she says, pale and much too thin, with wan, sad eyes. If she can’t pay, then the only option she has is to sleep on the streets, accompanied by ruthless brutality and never-ending fear.

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Angola:

We are baking bricks

In Luanda sky scrapers are sprouting up. Office buildings for oil companies and banks. The prices are higher than in Germany.

More than seventy percent of the population of Angola lives in extreme poverty. The new economic boom after more than 30 years of civil war only benefits very few, mainly foreigners in the skyscrapers.

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Tanzania: A drop of happiness

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Brazil: A place for children

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Malawi: Chifundo – Charity

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