World in Progress/Deutsche Welle

Half of the world’s population is not yet connected to the internet. Many are poor and live in places with bad infrastructure. A pilot project that’s been bringing the web to rural Tanzania might be an example of the way forward for other places as well. The reporting was supported by the Internet Society.

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Ebola Liberia

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Liberia was devastated by the Ebola epidemic that swept across West Africa in 2014-15. But more than four years after the end of the outbreak, the country’s health system is still struggling to get back on its feet. Many public hospitals are out of drugs, and some don’t even have basic essentials like surgical gloves.

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In January, scientists announced that, for the first time, they had found a deadly strain of Ebola in a bat in Liberia. It’s a significant discovery that could shed light on how the virus infects humans. But in Liberia, where bushmeat is a major source of protein, it doesn’t appear to have weakened people’s appetites for bats. Laura Salm-Reifferscheidt reports from Gbarnga, Liberia.

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Liberia after Ebola

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Stanley Juah lost his wife and four children when Ebola swept across his native Liberia in 2014. The virus ravaged West Africa, killing 11,000 people in the worst outbreak in history. Five years on, Stanley is trying to rebuild his life and start a new family.

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Sex talk is taboo in the Johannesburg township of Soweto. Businesswoman Mmathabo Ndlovu says that silence and lack of awareness leads to an array of social and health problems. So, she’s opened the township’s first adult shop to get people talking.

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Bringing a remote mountain community online  

Kyrgyzstan is a landlocked mountainous country with only a few sizeable cities. More than half of the population lives in rural areas with limited access to modern technologies such as the Internet. As a result, less than 40 percent of people there use the internet. Now a group of entrepreneurs has begun to change that by introducing WiFi connections to remote villages.

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Connecting schools in Zimbabwe

Having access to the internet is often taken for granted in countries like Germany. But around half of the world’s population is still offline — that’s around 4 billion people. Those living in remote places are especially disadvantaged. In rural Zimbabwe, three brothers are taking it into their own hands to bring their community online. This report was supported by the Internet Society.

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South Africa’s first village-owned ISP

The rural community of Mankosi lies on a remote stretch of South Africa’s eastern coast. Most homes don’t have electricity or access to modern technology. So to fill this gap, the villagers decided to launch their own internet service provider.

Laura Salm-Reifferscheidt’s reporting was supported by the Internet Society.

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Bringing Wifi to remote mountain villages in Georgia 

The remote mountain region of Tusheti in the Republic of Georgia offers breathtaking landscapes and great hospitality. Only a few of the around 12,000 Tush live in the mountains all year round. Modern technology and one of the world’s highest WiFi connection is helping the locals to keep in touch with the world and attract more tourists. This report was supported by the Internet Society.

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Ö1, Journal-Panorama 
Besuch in einer historischen Region Georgiens

Im Nordosten Georgiens in den Tälern des Großen Kaukasus lebt das kleine Volk der Tuschen, nur knapp 190 Kilometer von der Hauptstadt Tiflis entfernt. Die Kulisse ist atemberaubend: Grüne Almen, wilde Flüsse, spektakuläre Schluchten und eine einzigartige Tierwelt. Nur noch wenige der geschätzt rund 12.000 Tuschen leben ganzjährig in den Bergen, dennoch haben sie es geschafft, ihre altertümlichen Bräuche und Riten am Leben zu erhalten. Reiterfeste werden abgehalten, Gottheiten werden Opfer dargebracht und für Gäste ist der Tisch immer gedeckt.
Doch auch wenn sich Besucher und Besucherinnen in Tuschetien oft wie am Ende der Welt fühlen, so ist auch hier die Moderne angekommen. Solarenergie, Internet und Wasserkraft helfen den Tuschen dabei, ihre Region zu entwickeln.

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