DW's correspondents profile local leaders, activists, artists, musicians, rich and poor, ordinary and extraordinary people from around the globe, whose lives tell us more about the world we live in.
Cardiologist Giorgos Vichas, along with 90 other doctors and 140 volunteers, runs a free clinic in a middle-class neighborhood in Athens, offering free medication and health care in austerity-hit Greece. (09.10.2013)
The death of her father at the hands of police spurred Trinh Kim Tien to campaign against violence and corruption in Vietnam. Her very public work has brought intrusions into her private life. (02.10.2013)
Murat Kurnaz was released from the US prison in Guantanamo Bay seven summers ago. The German-born Turk survived torture and isolation, but his spirit remained intact - and he never forgot the cellmates he left behind. (24.07.2013)
Albinos in Nigeria are vulnerable to everything from skin cancer to discrimination. But they have found a champion in Jake Epelle, who is determined to make life better for albinos like himself. (25.09.2013)
The Arab Spring inspired many to take to the streets. But for some opponents of the Syrian government this proved to be deadly, as the regime imprisoned, tortured and killed many citizens. A survivor tells his story. (18.09.2013)
In Mauritania, one man's extraordinary journey from slavery to freedom - and the obstacles he overcame to free his family - offers rare insight into a little-known world. (11.09.2013)
From sipping cocktails with rebel fighters to negotiating peace alongside Nelson Mandela, mediator Vasu Gounden says the first step towards resolving even the bloodiest disputes is being willing to find common ground. (17.07.2013)
There was no room at the inn in Bethlehem when Jesus was born. Today there are vacant rooms, empty shops, unemployment aplenty, and a new mayor who is trying to turn it around. (10.07.2013)
Spurred by police violence - and an acute awareness that he is among Brazil's privileged - lawyer Andre Barros has been working to free demonstrators arrested in the protests that have changed his country for good. (03.07.2013)
In Canada, an aboriginal woman is seven times more likely to be murdered than a non-aboriginal woman. Gladys Radek, a grandmother of five, is trying to stop the violence - by leading long walks across the country. (26.06.2013)
Back at home, South Korean soldier Ahn Hak-soo was dubbed a traitor to the North, and his family's insistence he'd been kidnapped fell on deaf ears. Ahn's brother will not rest until he's cleared the family name. (19.06.2013)
Human rights work in Russia has become difficult, even dangerous - that's the word from activists who have risked their lives countless times to record abuses. Tanya Lokshina is one who doesn't consider giving up. (12.06.2013)
In a culture based on vendettas and fear of reprisals, on the Mafia code of silence, Pino Maniaci rebelled by very publicly turning this culture on its head. He produces a daily TV show chiefly dedicated to Mafia crime. (05.06.2013)
Pedophiles cannot change their sexual attraction to minors, but, with help, they can avoid becoming child molesters. A young man talks to DW about living with a predilection that can never involve consensual relations. (29.05.2013)
Exclusive interview material gathered by Pamela Yates was used as evidence in the trial against Efrain Rios Montt. The US filmmaker has been documenting the story of the former Guatemalan dictator for 30 years. (22.05.2013)
Rosie Stancer wants to be the first woman in the world to walk solo to both poles. She's already conquered the Antarctic alone. Now she's preparing to take on the Arctic. (15.05.2013)
As Cambodia's most visible female politician, Mu Sochua is a leader in the fight for democratic reform and women's rights, although both issues are looked at with skepticism in this male-dominated society. (08.05.2013)
The son of a Tehran musician, Eyal Mani wanted only one thing - to play music. That is, until a family secret and a fateful trip to Israel turned his life upside-down. (01.05.2013)
A 91-year-old California man has seen his neighbors evicted one-by-one from their desert homes over the past 30 years. William Tuttle is the last hold-out in a long land dispute with a powerful Native American tribe. (24.04.2013)
Rebel soldiers disabled tens of thousands of civilians in a widespread campaign of terror during Sierra Leone's brutal civil war, chopping off hands and feet. But Mariatu Kamara has not let her fate stifle her hopes. (17.04.2013)
West Papua's 50-year struggle for independence from Indonesia is one of the world's longest-running conflicts. Exiled activist Benny Wenda is trying to draw attention to it, this time with a peaceful message. (10.04.2013)
Abdoullah Ag Mohammed was a university student before the crisis began in Mali. Now, he's living as a refugee for the second time, trying to make the best of the challenging situation of being unable to go home. (03.04.2013)
Menache Amir has dedicated his life to bringing Iranians the real news. As if bucking Iranian media control weren't enough, he's also a citizen of one of the countries most vilified by the regime: Israel. (27.03.2013)
When the first US tanks entered Baghdad, architect Ghaith Abdul-Ahad grabbed his camera and took to the streets to document the fighting. Ten years later, he's one of the world's most prestigious war photographers. (20.03.2013)
Driven by revenge, Youk Chhang began documenting the horrors that befell his people during the genocide in Cambodia. Now he's convinced his country must confront its past to be able to shape its future. (13.03.2013)
May Chidiac was one of Lebanon's star TV anchors and one of the most outspoken journalists in her country. One day, as she was getting in her car a bomb exploded underneath her. Against all odds, she survived. (06.03.2013)
Tour guide Carlos Celdran took on the all-powerful Catholic Church in the Philippines and ended up sentenced to prison. But in his estimation, he won. (27.02.2013)
Izel Rozental treads a fine line with his political cartoons in an Istanbul weekly. The Turkish-Jewish cartoonist says buckling under pressure is out of the question - even when his critics are Turkey and Israel. (20.02.2013)
Feted by the western media for penning the unofficial anthem of the Arab Spring, rap star El General believes the changes must go further. He is one of a number of young Tunisian "revolutionaries" calling for sharia law. (13.02.2013)
The Vatican used to be able to count on Irish clergy to follow the rules. But now a group of Irish priests are openly questioning the Vatican's conservative approach to Catholicism, despite the threat of excommunication. (06.02.2013)
Forced to flee from her Aleppo home, a young woman takes refuge in a rebel-held town in northwestern Syria. In a camp for displaced people, she finds a way to do her part for her country without resorting to violence. (30.01.2013)
Few survivors are still alive as Europe commemorates the liberation of Nazi concentration camps on January 27. In Kosice, Slovakia, for example, Edita Salamonova is thought to be one of four who survived deportation. (23.01.2013)
A mayor in Turkey's biggest Kurdish city, Diyarbakir, has been waging a peaceful battle for minority rights. He has been stripped of office and faced scores of court cases. Now his struggle has become very personal. (16.01.2013)
As divisions grow over German refugee policy, there are calls to recognize the many instances of successful integration. The "Storyteller" project near Berlin brings people from different ages and backgrounds on stage to share their experiences.
The art of political storytelling is something US presidential aspirants often struggle with. Enter Burns Strider who was senior advisor and "faith guru" to Hillary Clinton in 2008. DW caught up with him in Virginia.
A Hamburg-based project is providing help for traumatized refugee children through storytelling and art therapy. Gemima Harvey went along to take a look.
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