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Hidden Connections: Climate Change & Child Marriage, Part 3

In the finale of "Hidden Connections: Climate Change & Child Marriage," we hear how Bristhi and Razia's families lost their homes to river erosion. Unable to sustain life in villages, as longer droughts and increased flooding made farming impossible, they moved to Dhaka looking for work. "We have six months of rain and storms and we can't work so we sit here in misery," says one of the farmers in the film.

In Dhaka, however, sexual assault is rampant and 90 percent of women who migrate to the city report being sexually harassed. We hear their stories, including how one of the film's young female subjects is molested by a male neighbor during the filming of this documentary. "Once you don't have honor, you never have it back, so to keep our honor we look to marriage," says one of the women featured in the film.

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Life In Refugee Camps

More than a political buzzword, refugees are real people with real fears driving their decisions, and they take great risks to protect their families. A glimpse into the lives of immigrants living in refugee camps reveals their hunger for human rights and an opportunity to start over.

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Colombia’s Ghosts of War

The 52-year Colombian civil war is not ending without leaving deep scars. As rebels hand over weapons, an entire generation of Colombians are emerging from the conflict to rebuild their nation. While some are struggling more than others, many citizens are rolling up their sleeves to clear out the ghosts of war.

Searching for Home

Immigrants around the world face unbelievable challenges on their journey searching for a new place to call home. While much of the reporting focuses on the backlash refugees face from their new host nations, many communities are opening their arms and minds.

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Adapting to Climate Change

Climate change affects us all, and less-developed communities, that are more closely tied to the land, often suffer more directly from environmental transformation. The changes include dramatic fluctuation of water sources, diminishing crop yields, and failure of long-held farming techniques. Discover how community leaders are adjusting, engaging with the international community and seeking innovative methods and new technologies to find sustainable ways of living.

Breaking Gender Stereotypes

People all over the world are confronting traditional norms around gender and sexuality that are difficult to break. Despite opposition and discrimination from their communities, these people are armed with the courage to truly be themselves. The small steps people take to assert their role in society, can result in major leaps for future generations.

Storytelling Across the Globe

Virtual reality experiences, comic books, and architectural mapping are all forms of storytelling being used by artists and activists around the world to raise awareness of social problems. From calling out sexual assault in India to documenting war crimes in Gaza, these modes of communication are connecting people to issues across the world.

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