Long after the fighting ended inKosovo in 1999, the people of the region are still struggling to free themselves from thelegacy of war. Thousands oflandmines and unexploded bombs remain in farmers' fields, in forests, along roadsides.Valdet Dule is a Kosovar whose job is to find and detonate those explosives. Until the land is safe, he says, his people won't be able to realize their dream of independence.
Chocolate Tester by Jon Miller
The New York Times called Chloé Doutre-Roussel a "goddess." Chocolate guru Martin Christy compares her to Joan of Arc. As a freelance chocolate expert, she is in great demand around the world—not just because of her extraordinary palate but because of her brutal honesty. "Diplomacy is not one of my known traits," she confesses. Nor is self-satisfaction. Globetrotting chocolate taster may be many people's idea of the best job in the world, but Doutre-Roussel says it has its drawbacks.
Human Smuggler by Gregory Warner
For most Afghan refugees, fleeing the war-torn country is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. For Alidad, it's a job. He's spent 30 years smuggling Afghans on a secret nighttime passage through themountains of western Pakistan into Iran. Sometimes he finds out too late they can't handle the journey. "We go when it's raining, when it's snowing. People fall of the mountain, people die," he says. "I have a lot of sad memories."