7 Indigenous Peoples of Colombia Who Have Often Gone Ignored.

When talking about Colombian culture, historically, more attention has been given to the Spanish part of the country’s makeup. Very little is given to the various indigenous cultures who were there before the Spanish ever arrived, despite the fact that there are around 1.5 million indigenous people, from over 87 tribes, that make up about 3.5% of the total population. In an effort to learn more about Colombians – from all places and backgrounds – we are taking a look at seven different indigenous peoples who call Colombia home. https://hiplatina.com/indigenous-peoples-of-colombia/

Ophelia Dahl’s National Health Service.

Partners in Health wants to rebuild entire countries’ medical systems, and bring health care to some of the poorest people on earth. https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/12/18/ophelia-dahls-national-health-service?mbid=nl_Weekly%20121117&CNDID=49341985&spMailingID=12541660&spUserID=MTg2MTUwMzg1OTA4S0&spJobID=1301049067&spReportId=MTMwMTA0OTA2NwS2

The unexpected toys Rohingya children cherish in exile.

Ed Jones, a photographer with Agence France-Presse, had first wanted to show what people — adults and children alike — had brought with them as they escaped a bloody crackdown by security forces in Burma, which is also called Myanmar. “I felt that anything that people bring with them, however small, in the midst of panic must not only have some interesting stories attached to them but might also serve to illustrate the urgency with which people left their homes,” Jones said. But, as he asked the people he was photographing, it turned out that no one had brought anything with them, “which, in itself, is sadly revealing,” he added. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/in-sight/wp/2017/12/05/the-unexpected-toys-rohingya-children-cherish-in-exile/?utm_term=.572f01f31943

Puerto Rico’s Humanitarian Crisis Takes on New Urgency With Alarming Death Counts.

The U.S. government claims 62 people died in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria. The true death toll is likely far higher. The U.S. government says 62 people in Puerto Rico have officially died in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. Not many people are buying that given the island’s lack of electricityhealthcare access, and clean drinking water. To account for this discrepancy, media outlets have been making an extra effort to uncover the true extent of death on the island. Their conclusion? That 62 should be closer to 1,000. https://earther.com/puerto-ricos-humanitarian-crisis-takes-on-new-urgency-w-1821135423?utm_campaign=socialflow_fusion_facebook&utm_source=fusion_facebook&utm_medium=socialflow

7 inspiring, badass women.

Lilian Bland in her plane

You may not have heard of them, but these women defied convention and set their own paths.

Once you start learning about women’s history, you realize that we’re living in a golden time for women’s freedom and rights.

As Ellen Burstyn details in her candid and heartbreaking interview with Anna Sale for the Death, Sex & Money podcast, after Burstyn’s husband was placed in a mental hospital, she wasn’t allowed to transfer the couple’s car insurance to her name — even though her husband was incapacitated. Harvard didn’t admit women until 1977, and Columbia sent women to Barnard instead until 1981. It wasn’t until 1973 that women in all 50 states could serve on juries, and it was the 1970s before many of the last laws changed. Now women can own property, have their own credit cards and yes, even have car insurance in their own names. It’s amazing to think that women haven’t even been able to vote for 100 years yet. http://mnatu.re/2r2YH57

Doctors Without Borders pioneers new technology to save lives.

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Doctors Without Borders staff care for patients in some of the most challenging conditions on earth – conflict zones, politically unstable countries, and remote areas. As a result, they are constantly searching for new and innovative ways to meet their patients’ needs. They use technology to track health problems, reach isolated communities, and more efficiently test and treat diseases. Read more at https://www.usatoday.com/story/sponsor-story/doctors-without-borders/2017/11/15/doctors-without-borders-pioneers-new-technology-save-lives/107647986/