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Australia

Poverty makes indigenous communities all the more vulnerable to COVID-19

March 27, 2020

Historically, indigenous peoples the world over have been devastated by diseases imported into their communities by outsiders. Today, rampant poverty and lack of investment in public health, housing, food and water services only increases the risks they face from the COVID-19 pandemic. Australia: Overcrowded and at-risk Aboriginal people in Australia’s Northern Territory and elsewhere are […]

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Australia’s firefighters have a lot to learn from Aboriginal people

January 24, 2020

In southern, temperate Australia, this year’s fire season has been one of the worst in living memory — but in much of the country’s tropical north, it is nothing out of the ordinary.  This is no accident, experts say — it’s partly due to the predominance of Aboriginal people in the north, and whites in the […]

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In macho Australia, men who were sexually abused are too ashamed to seek help

September 23, 2019

In Australia, 20 percent of women and five percent of men claim to have been sexually abused at some point in their lives since turning 15. Yet male victims report abuse less than women, due largely to feelings of shame and guilt.  It gets worse: According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, less than 14 […]

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