Communications Specialist with an interest in the environment, humanitarian affairs and religion
Terry Ally is an award-winning investigative environmental journalist who has covered numerous emergencies and disasters.
A Caribbean journalist, Terry, has received numerous national and Caribbean-wide awards for his reporting on the environment. These include the Pan American Health Organisation's Excellence in Health Journalism award as well as the Barbados Governor-General's Award for the Environment which was conferred by two consecutive Governors General. He’s also won a Reuters Foundation Fellowship in Environmental News Reporting at Green College, Oxford. Through his investigative environmental reporting, food laws in Barbados were changed to protect consumers. His work also led to the environment being placed firmly on the national agenda.
He has worked in radio, newspaper, magazine, wire service and online journalism covering events throughout the English speaking Caribbean. Terry was also the Public Information Manager for the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Response Agency covering 16 Caribbean countries, as UNICEF UK's Senior Media Officer for International Programmes and Emergencies and Plan International's Global Press Officer for Emergencies and Disasters. He is now the Press Officer for the Evangelical Alliance UK.
The views expressed in his blogs are his own and do not necessarily represent the views of the organisation he works for or worked for.
The news by The Telegraph this morning that the Culex mosquito could arrive with yellow fever is of lesser concern to me because Culex has only been a nuisance mosquito to me. It operates during daylight hours and not when I am asleep.
Huge clouds of Saharan dust arriving in the UK may not only make the place hazy or smoggy but it could also bring upper respiratory tract infections such as asthma, runny noses, itchy eyes, and breathing difficulties. It is not the actual dust that impacts the health of humans but the bacterial and fungal spores which travel with dust clouds...
After fighting hard, being the trailblazer for Christian organisations rights to hire and fire on faith basis and opposing USAID's attempt - just two years ago - to "strongly encourage" faith-based contractors to stop discriminating against LGBT people in order to receive federal funding, one wonders what went wrong in the World Vision board room.
As nature gets more ferocious in this changing climatic era, our antidote to an increasing number of disasters has to be DRR which for the experienced Caribbean engineer, Tony Gibbs means that "great hurricanes and earthquakes (can) be experienced as fascinating and awesome events which, nevertheless, do not lead to disasters."
Supporting girls to claim their space requires commitment, resources and hard work to tackle entrenched power relations between adults and children; deep rooted gender norms at household and community level; complex socio-economic barriers that make girls invisible in their societies; and widespread attitude changes in the media and other institutions.
Oumar, 16, was preparing for exams when insurgents overran his historic town of Timbuktu. The town was first captured in March by fighters from the Movement for the Liberation of Azawad (MNLA) who want an independent state in north Mali. Weeks later, Islamist extremists seized the town from them.
The emergency in Mali has different characteristics than in Niger. There are no camps or large scale food programmes that one sees in the media where thousands of women queue for rations. However, one of the ways in which it is manifested is in child labour. Thousands of children have dropped out of school to go find work to help support the family.
Lena Thiam, Plan's Education in Emergency Specialist, explained that the majority of children in this and other Malian refugee camps never went to school. In Class 1 were all the students who were learning for the first time while Classes 2 to 4 each contained students with varying levels of education.
During the food crisis, nearly 400,000 children in Niger are at risk of severe acute malnutrition because they have not had sufficient food to eat or a balanced diet. At the Tillaberi CRENI (hospital for children) built by Plan and managed by the government, I've met infants severely malnourished and tottering on the brink of death.
The Tuaregs here told me horror stories of pillage and plunder of their livestock, food, homes, clothes and their women - some had been raped and assaulted. Other women were taken from their homes never to be seen again. Other loved ones were missing and presumed dead...
Her family is badly affected by the Sahel Food Crisis and her father has gone to Lagos, Nigeria, in search of work after successive years of crop failures. Aissa knows all about poverty and her chances of lifting herself from it were dashed last year when she was forced to leave school.
Severe flooding has reached the capital Niamey over the holy Islamic Ramadan holiday weekend of Eid-ul-Fitr displacing thousands of people and destroying numerous homes. Just over 161mmrain fell overnight Saturday 19 August 2012.
In the space of 10 months, Niger has been hit by a food crisis brought on by high market prices and poor harvests, a refugee crisis triggered by conflict in neighbouring Mali, followed by a cholera outbreak and now devastating floods. It has left many in this West African state wondering when the next disaster is and what could it possibly be?
The poster image of drought - the caked brown dirt and withered crops - could easily be mistaken for some part of Africa had the caption not read 'USA'. The relatives of a colleague are on the frontline of this drought - said to be the worst in half a century.
31/07/2012 15:28 BST
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