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A brighter future


It's time that we say goodbye to 2020. For many of us, the new year marks a fresh start—a chance to leave at least a portion of life's challenges in 2020.
 
I don't need to tell you that this year was full of headlines. There are too many big news breakers to list in a single paragraph. Beyond the headlines, this year changed how we consume the news and how newsmakers distribute information.
 
Misinformation spreads like wildfire on social media; social giants face antitrust lawsuits. Newspapers shutter their doors as advertising revenue tanks. The need for reliable news is greater now than ever before.
 
As Orato World Media marks its return to the digital news sphere, we're wary of the traps and pitfalls that lie ahead.

The world changed since our initial launch more than 20 years ago. But the time is right for us to make our return. We strive to renew trust in digital media by providing verified first-person stories.
 
So, as the clock strikes midnight, let's take a moment not to reflect on the horrors of the past year but to look towards a brighter, more informed future.

Top 20 of 2020


Without further ado and in no particular order—only you can decide what story resonates the most—here are 20 submissions that we are proud to have under the Orato banner.

1: Two nights on the edge of death


Weeks before his 50th birthday, Cristián Gorbea spent two nights on the side of a mountain waiting for rescue.

Published Dec. 24, 2020

2: Mourning Maradona turns to madness


Marcelo Meza was honoring his Argentine hero when the streets of Buenos Aires devolved into chaos.

Published Dec. 18, 2020

3: ‘Heartbroken and shattered’: People with albinism denied medical care


The COVID-19 pandemic in Africa has caused a resurgence in fear surrounding people with albinism.

Published Dec. 22, 2020

4: Feared Kenyan outlaw leaves life of crime behind


Benjamin Kimanyano Ayoti recounts his past as a petty thief turned organ harvester and eventual recovery.

Published Dec. 10, 2020

5: Kenya’s ‘Team Lioness’ defends against armed poachers to save wildlife


Team Lioness, comprised of women from local villages, is Kenya's first all-female ranger team.

Published Dec. 4, 2020

6: Himalayas conquered by climber with polio


Juan Maggi did the unthinkable when he climbed the Himalayas despite having polio.

Published Dec. 3, 2020

7: ‘We’re sinking’: Asylum-seeker risks life for European dream


After losing his mother, the story subject embarks on a risky journey to seek asylum in Spain. 

Published Dec. 15, 2020

8: Urination funnel no laughing matter


Njeri Muthaka is a Kenyan women's health activist who has spent the last year campaigning for female urination funnels.

Published Nov. 27, 2020

9: Soccer has no gender


Mara Gómez is the first trans woman to play the sport professionally in Argentina.

Published Dec. 10, 2020

10: Hump days


Photographer Nicolas Preci followed merchants to the holy city of Pushkar for India's largest camel fair

Published Nov. 18, 2020

11: Chilean street doctors risk everything for patients


A brigadista recounts the horrors experienced on the frontlines during Chile's estallido social.

Published Dec. 7, 2020

12: Front seat to chaos in Uganda


Anti-government protests burn the streets of Uganda leading up to the 2021 election.

Published Dec. 1, 2020

13: Return to Venezuela a nightmare


As the pandemic shut down much of the world, a mother and her children fought their way home to Venezuela.

Published Nov. 16, 2020

14: Blue City


Photographer Nicolas Preci captures the beauty of the Blue City in Rajasthan, India.

Published Nov. 26, 2020

15: Emerging from the dark


Arya Jeipea Karijo is a transwoman who uses her story to advocate for LGBTQ+ in Kenya.

Published Oct. 28, 2020

16: ‘Lived my worst nightmares’: Decade-long fight weighs on Kenyan activist


Phyllis Omido continues to fight for change after an appeal brought a decade-long battle back to the surface.

Published Dec. 11, 2020

17: Spirited messengers


Photographer Nicolas Preci captured liberation ceremonies in the Argentine provinces of San Luis and San Juan that saw condors released back into their habitats.

Published Dec. 4, 2020

18: When death stalks


Doctors in Venezuela are putting their lives on the line to protect those diagnosed with COVID while battling a lack of supplies.

Published Oct. 23, 2020

19: No limits for blind soccer star


Silvio Velo is a multiple world soccer champion who was born blind.

Published Nov. 27, 2020

20: Rumble in the redwoods


This story from the Orato archives serves as an internal North Star for future content. The story follows Julia "Butterfly" Hill and her two years defending Luna from loggers.

Published Dec. 1, 1999
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