Silvia Ponce didn't expect to be arguing with a dozen machete-wielding men just weeks after taking a job as a nutritionist with the World Food Programme in Guatemala. But all in all, it wasn't a bad experience, she says.
Goma, 16 December 2008 - Gety, a small town the Orientale Province, is bursting at the seams after becoming a refuge for thousands of people displaced by fighting between various militias in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.
Three years ago, Ntsonyama Sekoai finally summoned up the courage to take an HIV test. For months he had been feeling sick and losing weight. Too weak to work, all he could do was watch as his family grew ever more impoverished and desperate.
by Lydia Wamala Ishasha/Mutanda, 9 December 2008 - “Stop, stop!” a man calls out, bringing to a halt a bus that's just moved off. “A passenger has boarded without her firewood!” he pants. “She will need it -- someone pass it to her.”