VOA Exclusive: Diamonds and the Death of the Central African Republic

WASHINGTON, D.C.— How do diamonds fuel a cycle of poverty and violence? A riveting multimedia report by VOA tells how the diamond trade did just that in the Central African Republic.The report opens with a video shot of a boy sifting through muddy water for diamonds. CAR is one of the poorest countries in the world, but its diamonds are among the most valuable in the world. If the boy finds one “the size of a pencil tip” it could feed a family for a month or more.

VOA Ukrainian Marks Its 65th Anniversary

WASHINGTON, D.C. —At a celebration at VOA headquarters in Washington honoring the launch, on December 12, 1949, of VOA’s first broadcast in Ukrainian, that nation’s ambassador announced that a journalist in the Ukrainian Service will receive a prestigious honor from Kyiv.