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New year, new headlines

I can still feel the excitement of New Year's Eve 2019.
It was the end of a decade that promised something new, something exciting, something different. And then Australia caught fire, Wuhan went into lockdown, and the world as we knew it changed. It wasn't the developments we sought on New Year's Eve, but there was no denying that 2020 was different.
New Year's Eve 2020 has come and gone, and people around the globe are settling into the new normal of 2021.
Only two weeks have passed since welcoming 2021, and we've already heard alarm bells over growing COVID-19 strains in the United Kingdom, South Africa, and now Japan. Beyond the evolving global pandemic, we saw riots at the U.S. Capitol turn violent in what many, including President-elect Joe Biden, have coined an unprecedented assault on democracy.
At Orato World Media, we may not have all of the answers, but we do have integrity. As these and other stories continue to develop, we will continue to uphold the truth to ensure that our readers can trust everything they read on
Women in traditional Japanese kimono take photos in the former imperial capital of Kyoto, Japan. (Nicolas Preci)

In case you missed it

This year isn't short on headlines. Here are a few you may have missed in the commotion.

Baby trafficking

It has been years since Nancy Elmari lost her first child. Read Elmari's story as she searches for her daughter and grapples with child trafficking in Kenya.

Read Elmari's story here.

Facing extinction

See inside one of the world's smallest tribes as they fight for identity and survival in an ever-changing world riddled with disease, hunger, and inclement weather.

Read the story of the El Molo here.

Vaccinations underway

Dr. Stella Ogake remains stalwart in fighting COVID-19 through maintaining safety and social distancing protocols as she and her fellow medical professionals receive the first round of vaccinations. 
Read Dr. Ogake's story here.

Behind the scenes

It's hard not to discuss the Capitol riots. Even in this email full of other newsworthy stories, I've mentioned the riots twice.
We've all seen the preamble where President Trump stokes the fires, we've heard about the tragic losses of life as rioters breached the Capitol, and the police, FBI, and political efforts in the aftermath. But we believe there's more to this story.
Our editorial team is pursuing journalists to tell the first-person account of a witness or participant of the riots.

This story isn't meant to replace the incredible reporting that has already occurred around this event, but rather complement it and allow readers to see first-hand what happened.
Stay tuned to and follow us on Facebook to ensure you are notified when new compelling first-person stories are published.
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