The Piangueras are a remote Colombian community who make a living collecting and selling clams found at the bottom of mangroves in the country's Pacific coast. Their work is dangerous, unregulated, and mostly carried out by kids.
Panic has set in as Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has announced a referendum to decide on austerity demands from foreign creditors.
New figures show that child poverty isn't getting any better. Poor young moms and dads are struggling to make ends meet.
Kinloch, Missouri, was once a thriving African American community, but after years of poverty and corruption it's in danger of turning into a ghost town.
Over the last 21 years, the secretive and controversial US-backed drug war effort dumped weaponized herbicide on 4.3 million acres of land.
What do two writers talk about when you sit them down with each other and a tape recorder?
They just made it impossible for welfare recipients to withdraw more than $25 a day from their accounts at ATMs, a new rule that might violate federal law.
"Flying a sign," as it's called, is a way for the homeless to make their pleas to passersby quickly, silently, and without defying laws against aggressive panhandling.
Plagued by poverty and mental illness, William Gibby sold his face to internet companies. Now he's trying to get it back.
The cops may not be at war with Portland gangs, but there is some kind of war going on.
I talked to homeless New Yorkers about taking refuge on the subway, watching out for the cops, and why sleeping on the street was sometimes better than staying in a homeless shelter.
Known alternately as "Africa" and "Cameroon," the victim of Sunday's LAPD shooting did drugs, but also maintained a deep spirituality and struggled with mental problems.
Feb 12, 2015
Working-class people may skip the odd vaccine, but it takes middle-class Californians to be so colossally moronic as to throw measles parties.
Anthropologist David Graeber followed up his international best seller Debt: The First 5000 Years with an attack on capitalism's love affair with bureaucracy, asking why our lives revolve around forms, fines, and threats.
Staff members at Manchester Central Food Bank have noticed a developing trend of students feeding students with food donated by students.
"Once, a pal brought in a gold chain that had been broken and had blond hair tangled in it. But what can I do?"
No matter how prosperous Somaliland might become, it's doubtful that any of that good fortune will trickle down to Hargeisa's homeless children—young outcasts living on their own who are at best ignored and at worst abused and treated like vermin.
Alcohol is strictly regulated and widely prohibited in Canada's youngest territory. We went there to explore the issue of prohibition and whether it's healing or adding to the territory's social crises.
A growing underclass are being forced to leave their homes and live in temporary accommodation miles away—their kids flea-bitten, their debts piling up.
Kafkaesque efforts to cut down on food stamp fraud are just throwing money at a problem that probably wasn't that big of a deal to begin with.
NG7, a food bank in Nottingham, says the local government relies too much on private charities to feed the hungry and plans to focus on changing the system rather than providing for individuals.
While we idealise the middle as presented to us through the media, the reality is Australians are far more affluent than they want to admit.
"My photos move between darkness and light. It's sort of a history of South Africa and a history of my state of mind."
Gotham now lays claim to Great Depression levels of homelessness, with nearly 60,000 humans sleeping in shelters, on the street, or underground. Can a new mayor change the game?