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Velorio del Angelito - Latin America's Little Angels

In Chile, the death of children used to be an everyday occurrence. With poor health care and spotty access to maternal care, 120 of every 1000 children born at the start of the 20th century died, but those numbers have since dropped to 9 of every 1000 born due to the improvement of access to[...]

Holocaust and Heroism Remembrance Day

A week after the end of the Passover holiday and a week before Yom Hazikaron (Memorial Day for Israel's fallen soldiers), highways and roads become inactive. Vehicles come to a stop as drivers and passengers abandon their vehicles and stand on the streets, flanking their cars. Pedestrians freeze on the spot as a siren echos through the air at ten in the morning. The people of Israel[...]

A Final Farewell for Nurses

"Nursing is an art: and if it is to be made an art, it requires an exclusive devotion as hard a preparation, as any painter's or sculptor's work; for what is the having to do with dead canvas or dead marble, compared with having to do with the living body, the temple of God's spirit? It is one of the Fine Arts: I had almost said, the finest of Fine Arts." ~ Florence NightingaleFlorence[...]

1,800 Year Old Tomb Discovered

A "re-creation of the underworld" discovered in the Mexican city of Teotihuacan has been hailed as one of the most important archaeological discoveries of the century. The passage was found buried under the Temple of the Quetzalcoatl (feathered serpent) by radar technology.The tunnel, first discovered in 2003, was believed to have been sealed over 1,800 years ago by the pre-Hispanic[...]

The Merry Cemetery

The Merry Cemetery in the village of Sapanta, Romania is famous for its bright, colorful and very honest tombstones. There are over 600 wooden crosses in the cemetery that bear the life stories and even the dirty details of the deceased. Most of us are used to seeing tombstones, with a name, date of birth and death and a "Rest In Peace" wish. In the Merry Cemetery you can expect to see[...]
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