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Goats and Soda

Goats and Soda

STORIES OF LIFE IN A CHANGING WORLD

Shaista sits in her tiny home on the outskirts of Kabul. Her youngest, a 3-year-old girl, sits on her lap; some of her other seven children sit beside her. Behind them, she is boiling a pot of water on the wood-burning stove. But she's told the children it is dinner, and she tells them, "just wait for your father." Then she hopes they'll fall asleep, because there's no food to give them. Diaa Hadid/NPR hide caption

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'I Cry At Night': Afghan Mothers Struggle To Feed Their Children In The Pandemic

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Volunteers and health officials hold a dry run for the coronavirus vaccine at a hospital in Allahabad, India. There's concern that drug patents will keep lower income countries from getting the doses they need in a timely fashion. Sanjay Kanojia/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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What Will It Take To End The COVID-19 Pandemic?

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Students rehearse a poem that they will recite at an event advocating against female genital mutilation at the Imbirikani Girls High School in Kenya. Siegfried Modola/Reuters hide caption

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Chinese travelers at a railway station in Beijing, China, wear face masks to protect themselves from the new coronavirus on Jan. 21, 2020. The virus was first identified in Wuhan, China, in Dec. 2019, and since then has quickly spread worldwide. Kevin Frayer/Getty Images hide caption

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Dr. Gagandeep Kang, an infectious diseases researcher at the Christian Medical College in Vellore, India, says "[the virus] could have been completely out of control in India." Gagandeep Kang hide caption

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Gagandeep Kang

A barefoot porter totes a load for an expedition visiting one of the remaining glaciers near the equator, 16,000 feet high on the highest peak in Papua, Indonesia. George Steinmetz hide caption

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A worker wearing personal protective equipment disinfects the Holy Redeemer Church in Bangkok after a Christmas Eve mass. Thailand is one of many countries now seeing a surge in cases. Romeo Gacad/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Why The World Is Seeing Some Of Its Most Extreme Pandemic Lockdowns

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Patrick Phiri of Malawi and fiancée Fiona ten Have of the Netherlands kiss in her parents' garden. The couple met in Malawi, where they worked for the same charity, and fell in love. A three-week visit to the Netherlands turned into seven months because of pandemic lockdowns and travel restrictions. Julia Gunther for NPR hide caption

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The image depicts the coronavirus binding to a human cell. The variant identified in the United Kingdom has a mutation known to increase how tightly the virus binds to human cells. Kateryna Kon/Science Photo Library via Getty Images hide caption

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How Worried Should We Be About The New U.K. Coronavirus Variant?

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Ulisses Xavier, 52, who has worked for 16 years at Nossa Senhora cemetery in Manaus, Brazil, makes wooden crosses to supplement his income. The cemetery has seen a surge in the number of new graves after the outbreak of COVID-19. Michael Dantas/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Smoky skies cast a reddish glow to San Francisco skies when the Northern California wildfires were burning earlier this year. Ray Chavez/MediaNews Group/The Mercury News via Getty Images hide caption

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A poster about the new, fast-spreading variant of the coronavirus warns some Britons to stay home. The sign is displayed near King's Cross railway station in London. Jason Alden/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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A scene from Priya's Mask, a new comic book and animated film that tackles the challenges around the pandemic. It's the latest installment of the Indian superhero series Priya. Syd Fini, Hamid Bahrami and Neda Kazemifar hide caption

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Syd Fini, Hamid Bahrami and Neda Kazemifar

A scene from 76 Days, a new documentary about front-line health workers and patients during the lockdown in Wuhan, China. MTV Documentary Films hide caption

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