2012, best stories. hundreds of women and girls around the world every year who endure domestic violence, rape, trafficking, female genital mutilation, and other abuses. We hear women’s accounts of cruelty, but also of resilience and courage. Janet Walsh, women’s rights deputy director Photo: Protesters in Iraqi Kurdistan © 2011 Samer Muscati/Human Rights Watch Children in Gaza describe living under Israeli siege and attacks as worse than being in prison. UN Committee on the Rights of the Child said that recent fighting will result in “deep trauma” for Gaza’s youth [Reuters] Al Jazeera English Angola’s four-decade war ended in 2002. Civilians continue to suffer the consequences. Parties to the conflict mined roads, high-voltage electricity pylons, reservoirs and dams. As a result transportation routes, water and electricity distribution is still affected across the country. Angola signed the Mine Ban Treaty in 1997 and completed the destruction of its stockpile of 81,045 antipersonnel mines in 2006. Six feet by two feet. Those are the dimensions of what tens of thousands in the city of Hong Kong call home. Subjugated to the squalor of caged dwellings, locals call the residents “Cage Dogs,” as thousands of inhabitants endure these less-than-luxurious conditions. At $200 a month, the cages offer barely enough room for inhabitants to sleep, as three story cages shelter 20 to a room. Shared washing facilities allow for meager accommodations, while the bottom floor cages go for a premium because one can almost stand in them. For the impoverished, elderly and mentally ill, the cages provide a shelter a rung above homelessness, although the conditions remain trying at best. Photographed by British photographer Brian Cassey, hopefully these images offer some perspective to our daily annoyances. Advertisements Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading... Related Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here... Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Email (required) (Address never made public) Name (required) Website You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. ( Log Out / Change ) You are commenting using your Google+ account. ( Log Out / Change ) You are commenting using your Twitter account. ( Log Out / Change ) You are commenting using your Facebook account. ( Log Out / Change ) w Cancel Connecting to %s Notify me of new comments via email.