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  • Laos, where the Bong tree grows

    April 27, 2016

    The preservation of Bong trees in the forests of Laos is helping one of the country's poorest communities secure an income — through the making and selling of incense sticks, according to this short film by

  • Dry spell hits southern Philippines

    April 18, 2016

    A state of calamity has been declared in several areas of the Philippines after a prolonged dry season brought about by the El Nino phenomenon left farms barren. Philippine authorities said the country is experiencing the twin onslaught of the dry season's peak and the prevailing El Nino phenomenon. The El Nino is exacerbating the hotter- and drier-than-usual weather conditions that generally prevail during the dry season's peak. The state weather bureau said some 38 percent of the country or about 30 provinces — mostly in the southern region of Mindanao — will experience drought by the end of April. The Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines issued an oration imperata or obligatory prayer for rain to encourage the faithful to never lose hope in the midst of the calamity. Photojournalist Vincent Go traveled to the southern Philippines to document the affect the dry season has had on farmers.

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