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World Humanitarian Day: One Humanity

World Humanitarian Day: One Humanity

“World Humanitarian Day is an annual reminder of the need to act to alleviate the suffering. It is also an occasion to honour the humanitarian workers and volunteers toiling on the frontlines of crises. I pay tribute to these dedicated women and men who brave danger to help others at far greater risk.” — UN […]

Everyone As Messengers Of Humanity

Everyone As Messengers Of Humanity

A record 130 million people are dependent on humanitarian assistance to survive.  Grouped together, these people in need would comprise the tenth most populous nation on Earth. These figures are truly staggering, yet they tell only a fraction of the story.  Hidden behind the statistics are individuals, families and communities whose lives have been devastated.  […]

Peter Dutton’s Extensive Briefings About Risks And Harm To Children On Nauru

Peter Dutton’s Extensive Briefings About Risks And Harm To Children On Nauru

  Australia’s immigration minister was extensively briefed about the impact prolonged detention was having on children held on Nauru, official correspondence shows, before he dismissed reports of sexual assault and abuse as “hype” and “false allegations”. Peter Dutton has repeatedly sought to diminish the significance of the Nauru files, published by the Guardian – more […]

Kenya’s Ogiek People Are Seeing Their Land Rights ‘Brutalised’

Kenya’s Ogiek People Are Seeing Their Land Rights ‘Brutalised’

They came without warning, forcing people from their homes with no time to collect their possessions. A deaf old man was attacked when he didn’t hear the orders to leave. Then the houses were burned to the ground. More than 200 families, all from the indigenous Ogiek minority, were evicted from their homes on the […]

Pakistanis Displaced By War Return To Wrecked Homes And A Ruined Economy

Pakistanis Displaced By War Return To Wrecked Homes And A Ruined Economy

Bara Market was once a bustling hive of about 10,000 shops. Now it is rubble – reminder of the destruction that the war between Pakistan’s government and militant groups has inflicted on the economy in this region on the Afghanistan border. Pakistan’s military launched an offensive in October 2014 against militant groups in the federally […]

Democracy, Forests And Finance: The Tech Making Africa A Better Place

Democracy, Forests And Finance: The Tech Making Africa A Better Place

Protecting the environment In the village of Mapubi, in the forests of south-west Cameroon, locals have watched as large swaths of their land have been destroyed. Mapubi’s proximity to coastal ports and the increased demand for timber due to population growth in the cities mean the pressure on forests in the area is believed to […]

Cambodians Sue US And Thai Firms Over Trafficking And Forced Labour Claims

Cambodians Sue US And Thai Firms Over Trafficking And Forced Labour Claims

Cambodian villagers have filed a lawsuit against four companies that supply American supermarkets, claiming they were trafficked to work under slavery-like conditions in a Thai seafood factory that exports to the US. The civil lawsuit, filed in June in a California federal court, accuses the US and Thai firms of knowingly profiting from the villagers’ […]

PHOTOS: Olympians Find Fetching Water In Rural Uganda Far From Child’s Play

PHOTOS: Olympians Find Fetching Water In Rural Uganda Far From Child’s Play

In Uganda’s mountainous Kigezi region, safe water is scarce, forcing many children – including sisters Doreen and Jouvllet – to spend hours each day carting supplies up steep terrain. British rowers Richard and Peter Chambers, Olympic silver medallists at London 2012, joined the girls on their daily trek and were overwhelmed by the magnitude of […]

Illegal Mines And Local Mafia Take Shine Off Latin American Gold

Illegal Mines And Local Mafia Take Shine Off Latin American Gold

Oscar was 16 when his cousin “sold” him to the owner of an illegal gold mine deep in Peru’s Amazonian jungle. Life in Madre de Dios – a huge encampment scarred by deforestation and mercury-filled pools – was dirty, desperate and dangerous: food and water were scarce; malaria and yellow fever were rampant; and trafficked […]

Gabon Aims To Cut Yawning Poverty Gap By Ending Its Dependency On Oil

Gabon Aims To Cut Yawning Poverty Gap By Ending Its Dependency On Oil

Gabon is 85% rainforest. Flying over the giant canopy, the miles pass without a glimpse of the forest floor. Then a bald patch emerges. In the clearing in Awala, which has become Africa’s biggest industrial plantation, men in boots tend to thousands of small palm trees in long rows. They are setting the scene for […]