Established in 1992 following the arrival the “Lost Boys of Sudan” and with a population of nearly 190,000, the UNHCR refugee camp in Kakuma, Kenya, now resembles a sprawling shanty town. It has shops, restaurants, trades, and a makeshift power grid. Southern New Hampshire University has established an online degree program in the UNHCR refugee camp. The competency-based program with little traditional classroom time provides students hope.

Jose Escalona Martinez spends his days in Manhattan’s Times Square dressed as Batman. And he loves it. The 41-year-old Mr. Martinez came across the gig four years ago while he was hunting for a job and has been playing the masked superhero ever since—at least eight hours a day, seven days a week. Whenever a tourist wants to take a photograph, Mr. Martinez as the Caped Crusader is at the ready in his 40-plus-pound costume. He, like the dozens of other costumed characters, relies on tips to pay the bills. His take on any given day: about $200. Broadway’s neon lights and the happiness that Elmo, Hello Kitty and the likes seemed to bring to the visitors are what drew Mr. Martinez to try his hand at portraying the Dark Knight.


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