Shasta Darlington

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It was January, 2016. I cuddled 3-month-old Luiz Felipe in my lap. Chubby, squeezable and defenseless, he felt like my children when they were babies. But Luiz Felipe was born with an unusually small head and underdeveloped brain.

We were in Recife, in northeastern Brazil, to report on a Zika virus pandemic that had been linked to a surge in birth defects — specifically microcephaly. Doctors were already calling the infants «a lost generation.»

I spent hours with producer Flora Charner and photojournalist Miguel Castro — himself a new father — in waiting rooms and clinics.

We spoke softly to parents as they got the first diagnosis of microcephaly.…  Seguir leyendo »

With a record number of condoms allocated and air-conditioners in every bedroom, Rio’s athletes village starts welcoming Olympians on Sunday.

The new apartment towers built to house 11,000 athletes and 6,000 coaches during Rio’s Games are being called basic, even austere.

But when you step out on the balcony of one of the 3,604 apartments, the complex — with its swimming pools, tennis courts and bike lanes — looks downright five-star.

«The athletes are going to have everything they could possibly wish for during the Games,» said Paul Ramler, founder of RSG events, which has been supplying furniture for athletes’ villages since Sydney 2000.…  Seguir leyendo »