A declining fish population has forced Cabo Rojo’s diving fishermen into deeper waters, where many exceed safe dive times to make a living. Their efforts can lead to decompression sickness, and emergency treatment is hours away.
Many lawyers in Mexico agree that the country’s legal system is badly in need of reform: Mexico ranks fourth in the world for impunity, and corruption is rampant. As lawyers grapple with how to hold colleagues accountable, the legal system continues to take a devastating toll.
On Uganda’s Lake Victoria, cage fish farms take the guesswork out of fishing, as farmers feed fish in controlled areas – which makes them easy to harvest. But as the popularity of fish farming grows, residents worry about its effect on local water.
Mongolians with disabilities are assigned a percentage, which quantifies their ability to work. Disability rights advocates argue the government’s outdated system, meant to provide workplace equality, does the opposite.
Cross-border traders bring goods from abroad to resell in Zimbabwe, and the informal trade ripples through the country’s economy, providing jobs and lowering the cost of staples. Now this industry – and the nation – must reckon with a closed border.
A wealth of natural resources should make the nation’s agriculture sector one of the world’s most productive. Instead, ongoing instability has hampered access to food and stymied farmers’ commercial output.
With cruise ships not sailing, tour guides, shopkeepers and restaurant owners in Old San Juan and across the region say business has stopped. Though the economy is set to reopen, the question remains: When will the tourists return?
The number of traditional obsidian carvers in Mexico has steadily dwindled. The remaining artisans faced financial hardship and a risk of illness that threatened to destroy their ancient art form – and that was before the coronavirus arrived.
Zimbabwe’s professional football clubs aren’t exempt from the effects of hyperinflation. Rising league fees have jeopardized the future of teams and players. And some say the love of the game is a major casualty of the crisis.
Informal vendors in Mexico, many of them women, enjoy autonomy and flexibility in how they work. But the coronavirus crisis has underscored the drawbacks – and dangers – of operating outside the formal economy.