Goats and Soda STORIES OF LIFE IN A CHANGING WORLD

Jamira, 11, is an aboriginal girl in Australia. "I like being special," she says. "I like being — you know — different than everyone else." Henrik Nordstrom/I Am Eleven hide caption

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"I want to grow up and become a police. But I need to study in a good school for that. I want to become a police to protect the country." - Fiza, 13 (India) Courtesy of Nike Foundation hide caption

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Lorenzo Dorr works at the grass-roots level to help deliver health services in far-flung areas of Liberia. In July, he was on his way to meet with community health providers in Konobo, one of Liberia's most remote rural districts. Courtesy of Tiyatien Health/Last Mile Health hide caption

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A woman walks with children at an orphanage in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Policymakers have long called for orphans to be taken out of institutions and placed with foster families, but one study from Duke University is challenging that notion. Sean Gallup/Getty Images hide caption

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Hedson Lamour, 28, prays with his color-coordinated band before performing. He entered the contest because his mom was a child slave. Frederic Dupoux for NPR hide caption

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Seun Dupe sits with her newborn twins in a maternity hospital in Lagos, Nigeria. Nigeria is Africa's most populous country with more than 160 million people. UNICEF estimates that number will swell to nearly 1 billion by 2100. Sunday Alamba/AP hide caption

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Nimco Ali was 7 when her parents took her Djibouti to have her genitals mutilated. Now the 30-year-old is a leading activist against the practice in England. Courtesy of West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner hide caption

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Watch out, Congress: Girl Up activists came to the nation's capital in June to lobby for issues affecting girls in the developing world. From left, Alexandra Leone (New Hope, Pa.), Grace Peters (Flemington, N.J.), Aklesiya Dejene (Chicago), Isabella Gonzalez and Erika Hiple (Stockton, N.J.) Ryan Kellman /NPR hide caption

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For 15 years, Amran Mahamood made a living circumcising young girls in Hargeysa, Somalia. Four years ago, she gave it up after a religious leader convinced her that Islamic law did not require it. Nichole Sobecki/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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It took 101 takes to get the right shot for Gideon Gidori's Kickstarter video. He hopes supporters will fund his flight school tuition in exchange for a secret potato salad recipe. via Kickstarter hide caption

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