Fragkiska Megaloudi
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Fragkiska Megaloudi holds a PhD in Anthropology from the EHESS, in Paris and is a former lecturer at the University of Western Australia. For almost two years (June 2012-March 2014) she lived in Pyongyang and she has published several analysis and reports on the humanitarian situation and daily life in North Korea. She has worked for the United Nations OCHA Philippines as Reports officer and for IRIN news in Bangkok reporting on humanitarian issues out of Asia. She has also lived in Jordan and Uganda where she worked for international aid organizations. She has conducted humanitarian and development analysis for a range of international media, including Al Jazeera, the Spiegel, the Guardian Development Network, and her work has appeared in several academic publications (such as the Feinstein International Center of Tufts University). She is a regular contributor at DEVEX-the media platform for global development.

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The 'Unwanted Migrants' - EU's Failed Migration Policies

(0) Comments | Posted 23 November 2015 | (09:14)

Mohamed comes from a small fishing village in Gambia. He had a job but his work as a (migrant) construction worker in Senegal could barely allow him to survive, let alone support his family back home in Gambia.

He decided to do something to change his bleak prospects thinking...

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A Hand in the Water Is Not Like a Hand in the Fire

(1) Comments | Posted 9 November 2015 | (23:00)

An estimated 11million Syrians have fled their homes since the outbreak of civil war in March 2011, taking refuge in neighbouring countries or within Syria itself.

Europe sees an unceasing stream of refugees in its borders, but what about those who fled to Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey;

Let's crush...

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A General, a 'Nap' and an Execution: How the Media Report on North Korea

(15) Comments | Posted 15 May 2015 | (06:09)

The latest big gossip from North Korea recounts the execution of Defense chief Hyon Yong Chol. The General was found guilty of "napping" and insubordination, according to sources from the South Korean National Intelligence Service (NIS). The details of his alleged execution were quite explicit: Hyon Yong Chol was executed...

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A Foreigner in North Korea: A Personal Account of My Two Years Living in Pyongyang

(31) Comments | Posted 26 March 2015 | (23:00)

North Korea (or DPRK) remains misunderstood by the outside world, partly due to the lack of access by foreign journalists and researchers but also because public opinion about the country has been shaped by overused stereotyping narratives and images.


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Hunger Striker Kostas Sakkas: When Justice Is Blind

(2) Comments | Posted 6 July 2013 | (16:34)

While the Greek political system is being plunged into the waters of corruption, immorality and inefficacy and Greeks are reeling under the weight of salary slashes, a rising tax burden and euro zone's highest unemployment rate, hunger striker and anarchist, Kostas Sakkas, continues to be illegally detained, amid growing fears...

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Aisha, Uganda - 'When You Are a Woman You Have No Voice'

(0) Comments | Posted 24 June 2013 | (00:57)

In 2010 I moved to Uganda, where for almost two years I worked on a community based project aiming to raise awareness on gender based and sexual violence against women and girls; a rampant problem in the country, affecting more than half of the female population.

Aisha, a mother of...

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When Water Is for Sale: What Water Privatisation Really Means

(13) Comments | Posted 4 June 2013 | (00:53)

The privatisation of state water companies around the world almost always has one common denominator: it is made ​​under the pressure of international lenders in countries with large debt or under the pressure of multinational corporations and politicians in countries with a strong economy.

The dominant argument is that the...

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Crossing Into the Unknown: The Plight of Migrants in the Fields of Greece

(20) Comments | Posted 24 April 2013 | (00:00)

This report is based on extensive field work (February-March 2013) on the island of Crete (Herakleio, Ierapetra, Anogeia) and it is a joint research project with photographer Stylianos Papardelas

The recent shooting of Bangladeshi workers, in South Greece, after they demanded outstanding wages might...

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Growing Police Brutality in Greece: The Hidden Face of the Crisis

(58) Comments | Posted 7 February 2013 | (23:00)

As startling images of Greeks struggling to get bags of free distributed vegetables make the headlines in the international media, it's becoming evident that the crisis in the country has now overpassed vulnerable groups of people and is taking over the once thriving middle class.

Almost every family has...

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Rising Death in the Streets of Athens: The Human Toll of the Greek Tragedy

(94) Comments | Posted 6 January 2013 | (23:00)

This report was made in collaboration with photojournalist Dimitrios Bouras and is the result of extensive field work in the streets of Athens over the last two years.

It's a cold winter afternoon and Maria* is fixing her makeup in a glittered storefront window in downtown Athens. Maria, an...

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Gay People Living in Fear in Greece

(18) Comments | Posted 25 November 2012 | (23:00)

What was supposed to be a fun evening for Stamatis Peramatzis, turned out to be a nightmare. As the 39-year-old was walking out of a parking lot together with his partner in an Athens mall, a man out of nowhere appeared and screamed: "Faggots, we will kick you out of...

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