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"I was ironing and one of the little girl's dresses got burned," says Daya*, a Sri Lankan woman working as a live-in maid for a wealthy family in Kuwait. Daya knew "Madam"—the wife of the house and her employer—would be furious. And she was: Madam took the iron and burned Daya on her wrist and...More
If I had tried to escape, the brokers would have beaten me," says 22-year-old Shanti* of her time working in India's brothels. "They kept wooden rods."
Shanti's path from a rural village to a big-city brothel was one that many young girls in India have unwittingly followed. Growing up in...More
In central India, wild elephants come to isolated tribal villages in the early hours of the night. Tearing down the mud walls and thatched roofs, they eat the villagers' grain—and sometimes kill them.
Something else comes at night, too. Human traffickers—criminals who buy and sell human...More
You might think that after fleeing ethnic cleansing in the Balkans when she was a child, Armana had left the most dangerous time in her life behind her. Now 19, she remembers how her family was uprooted by war in the 1990s, when Yugoslavia fell apart.
But what awaited her and many other...More
When Edgardo Salinas set out for church on a recent Sunday morning after skipping breakfast, he was prepared to go without food for the entire day. He had never fasted before, but on March 2, he was determined to see what it would feel like to be hungry.
Salinas, a 28-year-old...More
"With great joy we anticipate the first apostolic visit of his Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI, to the United States of America, April 15 to 20, 2008. We pledge our prayers in preparation for this historic journey, that hearts may be opened to God's love and fidelity by our Holy Father's...More