For decades, organ smugglers have targeted Nepal's Hokse village so frequently that it’s become known as Kidney Village. The money many villagers earned for selling a kidney paid for land or a home. After last year’s earthquake, however, no homes in Hokse remained inhabitable.
More than 5,000 people are nearly 11,000 people are wounded and more than 450,000 have been forced from their homes after this weekend's 7.8-magnitude earthquake. International relief efforts have commenced, providing much needed food, shelter and medical supplies, but the constant aftershocks have left the country on edge.
The earthquake that flattened hundreds of villages in Nepal last April took a toll on its farm animals as well as its people. Nepal-based producer Laura Spero brings us this tale of several animals — and their people — who survived the quake through the love they share with each other.
Nepal wants the world to know that, in the wake of the earthquake, the country is open for business. But that isn't exactly true. While, the earthquake damage isn't so much the problem anymore. It's the fuel crisis.
Medical personnel in Nepal are working round-the-clock to help the thousands of people injured in the April 25 earthquake. Among those helping is one young American doctor who was living and working in Kathmandu.
Days after the earthquake hit Nepal, Shrochis Karki says some rural villages have still seen few signs of help. And while he's been working from his home in England to coordinate relief efforts, he says part of the blame lies with the world's fixation on dramatic human interest stories and not real problems.
World leaders and regular people gathered Tuesday in South Africa to honor Nelson Mandela — a man who was labelled a terrorist by the US until 8 years ago, a friend of China and Cuba, and now a symbol of hope and reconciliation for millions. We also look at Saudi Arabia's interest in its own human genome project, one of the most extreme zipline rides in the world, and a video game where the villian is alcoholism. All that and more, in today's Global Scan.