families & children
In the middle of midterms at South Africa's Centre of Science and Technology high school, one of the students lost his mom — who succumbed to illness. Now the teenager, Sive, is the man of the house and must balance those responsibilities with coursework, homework, being a student and, hopefully, charting a future for himself.
Felipe Montes accumulated traffic tickets -- so many that he was hauled into court in the small North Carolina town where he lived. Waiting for him there, though, were U.S. immigration officers. Montes was eventually deported, his U.S. citizen children placed in foster care and his long nightmare was just beginning.
Shyreen Ziadeh runs a dance studio in Ramallah, in the Palestinian Territories. It's not what she dreamed of doing, but it's all she can imagine doing these days. She introduces ballet to youngsters, and gives them a refuge from everyday life.
Many American families are no longer conforming to the traditional nuclear family. Jennifer Finney Boylan and her family, is just one example. More than ten years ago, Boylan transitioned from male to female and has remained married to her wife Deidre, all while raising two sons.
Women are increasingly, by choice or necessity, taking on the role of primary financial supporter of their family. And while there's room to cheer that news, it's not all rosy. In fact, according to one expert, in many cases this reflects a rise in single motherhood, with all the challenges that brings along.
A doctor and medical ethicist says parents who choose not to vaccinate their children should be liable, in the form of lawsuits, for anyone who becomes sick from their child. Dr. Art Caplan's comments come as New York City is fighting to contain a growing epidemic of the measles.
The majority of students in India want to be engineers -- and they'll go to great lengths to get there. Some 500,000 students will apply for 10,000 spots at the Indian Institute of Technology, and they'll spend years cramming for the exam that makes or breaks their chances.
South African tribes have long had traditions with respect to circumcising their men -- typically happening around their 18th birthday. And while more organizations are criticizing the timing and methodology, if not the practice entirely, the tribal groups hold firm to their customs.
Syria has been embroiled in a bitter civil war for more than two years. That prompted one Syrian woman, Ahlam, to come to America to give birth to her daughter, near her family. But now, with her husband unable to leave, she's preparing to return to the violence that is Syria today.
Barbie has a new home in Berlin — and it's literally life-sized. But the protests have been out-sized as well. The Barbie Berlin Dreamhouse opened on Thursday, but protests have already been intensifying. On one recent day, protesters strapped a Barbie doll to a cross and set the cross on fire. Protesters say Barbie sends the wrong message.