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Camilo Forero
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Int'l development student and lover of travel, photography, tech, & soccer.
Int'l development student and lover of travel, photography, tech, & soccer.

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Haunting images coming out of the Central African Republic.
Christians, Muslims Clash in Central African Republic - 39 photos - http://theatln.tc/1k0On8y - One year ago, an alliance of Muslim rebel groups within Central African Republic (CAR), calling itself Seleka, launched an effort to overthrow the government. The majority of the country's population is Christian, with only 10 to 15 percent identifying as Muslim, but Seleka's campaign was successful. Throughout 2013, members of the Muslim Seleka groups reportedly launched waves of attacks on civilians in Christian areas, looting, raping, and and killing at will. In the past few months, Christian militias have emerged, carrying out vicious reprisals against Muslim neighbors and others. More than a thousand people in CAR have been killed in the past month alone.
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Christians, Muslims Clash in Central African Republic
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A must read from the +The New York Times on children amid homelessness: "In the short span of Dasani’s life, her city has been reborn. The skyline soars with luxury towers, beacons of a new gilded age....In the shadows of this renewal, it is Dasani’s population who have been left behind. The ranks of the poor have risen, with almost half of New Yorkers living near or below the poverty line. Their traditional anchors — affordable housing and jobs that pay a living wage — have weakened as the city reorders itself around the whims of the wealthy."

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Cash transfers: not a new idea, but a newly fashionable one. The trick, as always, is figuring out how to build upon the promise of cash transfers but minimize market distortions and other unintended consequences.

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The World Cup can't come nearly soon enough. In the meantime though, you gotta check out +SB Nation's awesome World Cup draw preview. Fingers crossed for Colombia in Friday's draw! (Ok, and the US too!)

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Hey all! I'm moving to Colombia in the next month (yay high altitude training!) and am looking for a good travel bag to take my bike down for the move and to fly to local tris. This month's Triathlete recommended this bag - anyone have experiences with this one or have other recommendations? Hard case v soft? I suspect I'll be traveling with it 3-4 times per year and am looking to spend $500 or less. 

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Fantastic story on polio vaccination campaigns in Afghanistan and eradication efforts worldwide from +WIRED 

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Just completed my first ever tri and I'm totally hooked! It was the Bath County Tri in Virginia and I got a 15:37 on swim, 2:24 for T1, 43:32 on bike, 0:42 for T2, and 25:44 on run - 1:27:57 overall and 57 place out of 233. I was pretty happy but man - I never thought the first 5 minutes of the bike to run switch would be as awful as they were. More bricks in training next time! Thanks again to the community for the early training tips. Can't wait for my next one.
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Great photo essay - incredible to see the Chadian family's consumption relative to almost everyone else. That's where I'll be moving in two short months.

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Soufriere Hills Volcano - 31 photos - http://theatln.tc/112DqKZ - Before 1995, the Caribbean island of Montserrat was quiet tourist destination -- a British Overseas Territory with a population of 11,000. Then, the Soufriere Hills volcano came to life after remaining quiet since the 17th century. Thousands lived in the direct path of ensuing mudflows and pyroclastic flows -- cascades of hot gas and rock. The capital city of Plymouth and 20 other settlements were completely destroyed. More than 7,000 residents moved away, and tourist dollars vanished. While the volcano is still active, it has been relatively quiet since early 2010, and nearly half of the island remains a designated exclusion zone.
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Time lapse videos across American landscapes. Just fantastic.
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