Astonishing New Drone Footage Shows Extent Of Rohingya Exodus From Myanmar

The Huffington Post | Nitya Rajan | Posted 17.10.2017 | UK

Astonishing new drone footage has captured Rohingya refugees fleeing on foot from Myanmar to Bangladesh. Released by the UNHCR, the video shows the e...

How Do You Support Half A Million People In A 'City' That's Arrived Overnight?

Alexander Matheou | Posted 05.10.2017 | UK
Alexander Matheou

Imagine the population of a city, about the size of Liverpool or Bristol, being relocated into a damp, rainy countryside without drinking water, shelter, food or latrines. Imagine the logistical challenge of building all the necessities of a safe life before hunger takes a deadly toll, before diseases break out and before the strong prey on the weak. That is what has happened over the last six weeks in Bangladesh. Over half a million people have walked for days from their homes in Myanmar, crossed rivers and marshes, over the border into Cox's Bazar, and then settled on barren hills, in forests and on rice fields.

Rohingya Children Are Falling Sick Amid Flashbacks Of Hell Back Home

Unni Krishnan | Posted 29.09.2017 | UK
Unni Krishnan

Thousands of Rohingya children are hungry, dehydrated, malnourished, sick and traumatised. They have lost everything. The weather has been unkind, with frequent rains leaving a thick layer of mud everywhere.

Time To Put An End To Killer Heels

Ilana Winterstein | Posted 19.09.2017 | UK Style
Ilana Winterstein

Shoe production is a shady world. There is little to no transparency throughout the shoe industry, and complex global supply chains make it nearly impossible to pick up a shoe in a high street store and trace its origins.

How UNICEF Is Helping Rohingya Children Fleeing Violence

Mark Devlin | Posted 19.09.2017 | UK
Mark Devlin

It's hard to imagine how things have gotten so much worse for the Rohingya children in Cox's Bazar over the last few months. When I was there this su...

Ten Steps To Resolving The Rohingya Genocide

Ajmal Masroor | Posted 13.09.2017 | UK
Ajmal Masroor

The last fortnight's spotlight on the Rohingya people of Myanmar has uncovered a ghastly truth that they are facing state sponsored genocide. In an address to the UN, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights denounced the "brutal security operation" against the Rohingya in Rakhine state, which he said was "clearly disproportionate" to insurgent attacks carried out last month.

At Least 1,200 People Have Been Killed In Devastating Floods In South Asia

The Huffington Post | Nitya Rajan | Posted 31.08.2017 | UK

At least 41 million people have been affected in three countries as heavy flooding continues to wreak havoc in South Asia. The heavy rains have claim...

Protecting The Rights Of Children On The Move In Bangladesh

Mark Devlin | Posted 22.08.2017 | UK
Mark Devlin

Children in Shamlapur settlement The plight of the marginalised Rohingya people of Myanmar has sporadically hit the headlines over recent years but t...

How Acid Attacks Impact Women And Girls Worldwide

Charlotte Clarke | Posted 16.07.2017 | UK
Charlotte Clarke

The situation is horrific but not without hope. Grassroots women's rights organisations are the key to tackling this. ActionAid has worked with them in the past to monitor the use and sale of acid, improve laws to make it harder for perpetrators to escape punishment and change the mindsets of people who see this form of violence as an easy way to settle disputes, for example.

ICC Champions Trophy: What Bangladesh Fans Need To Say Before The Semi Final Against India

Roushan Alam | Posted 14.06.2017 | UK Sport
Roushan Alam

Bangladesh are in the semi-finals of the Champions Trophy. We did it. The final four. Two games from winning the entire thing. While Australia, Sri Lanka, South Africa* and New Zealand pack their bags and do the online check in for their return flight; Bangladesh head to Birmingham for arguably their biggest game in an ICC event.

How Women Are Stamping Out Poverty In Bangladesh

Mark Hammersley | Posted 05.06.2017 | UK
Mark Hammersley

"My daughter is going to finish school," one young woman told me, defiantly. "She's going to get the opportunities I didn't have."

The Commonwealth Offers Hope To Voters Who Expect Credible Elections

Patricia Scotland QC | Posted 16.05.2017 | UK Politics
Patricia Scotland QC

We are committed to helping all our member countries, wherever they are on their democratic journey. In doing so, we aim to justify the sense of hope and optimism which all voters deserve to feel on election day.

We're In The End-Game For Many Neglected Tropical Diseases - But What About Leprosy?

Geoff Prescott | Posted 08.05.2017 | UK
Geoff Prescott

As the name suggests, neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) affect the poorest of the poor in the developing world and low income communities overseas. T...

From Sylhet To Cambridge: Reflecting On 60 Years Of Family History And Heritage

Ibrahim Rahman | Posted 04.04.2017 | UK
Ibrahim Rahman

During my school days, history was something that hardly filled me with excitement. Even watching Doctor Who episodes set in the past required serious...

The Language Martyrs: Celebrating International Mother Language Day

Thaslima Begum | Posted 22.02.2017 | UK
Thaslima Begum

February 21st 1952, Dhaka. The fallen bodies of students and teachers lie scattered amid a campus-turned-battlefield, as tear gas lingers in bloody ha...

How Trump's Stance On Climate Change Could Affect The World's Poorest Women

Himaya Quasem | Posted 03.02.2017 | UK
Himaya Quasem

Taslima will probably never see the chaos that has descended upon Washington D.C. as the world's most powerful man issues edicts that fling multiple lives into disarray. But the stance that United States President Donald Trump takes on climate change in the coming days will affect her nonetheless.

Patriachy Is Political

Shaista Aziz | Posted 25.01.2017 | UK Politics
Shaista Aziz

For generations women's rights campaigners have been working to create a world where there is greater gender equity and parity. But across the world...

How To Prove The 'Unprovable' With Human-Centered Design

Anastasia Kyriacou | Posted 13.01.2017 | UK
Anastasia Kyriacou

Since the 1970s there has been an explosion of organisations with a vision to improve lives within the international development paradigm. But how eff...

Ongoing Workplace Discrimination Of Highly Educated British-Bangladeshi Women

Shahida Rahman | Posted 09.01.2017 | UK
Shahida Rahman

A report by the government's Social Mobility Commission, published on 28 December 2016, has found that British children of Pakistani and Bangladeshi b...

Zero Possibility Of 'Getting To Zero' On Child Mortality?

Helen Morton | Posted 04.01.2017 | UK
Helen Morton

If the global community is serious about 'getting to zero' on under-five child deaths, it needs to be equally serious about drowning, positioning prevention as a priority; a forgotten, but fundamental, Global Goal enabler.

9 Important Stories From 2016 You're Likely To Have Missed

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 27.12.2016 | UK

We might live in an ever-more connected world, but some news still seems to pass us by. And given this year’s wall-to-wall coverage of Brexit and th...

Enforced Disappearance In Bangladesh And The Lack Of Accountability

Toby Cadman | Posted 12.12.2016 | UK
Toby Cadman

The international community, through the UN, or indeed any other avenue, must be urged to address these concerns; Bangladesh cannot be allowed to become another 'never again', and the international community would do well to heed Moliere's advice, whether it wishes to acknowledge it or not, 'we are responsible for what we do not do'.

Don't Forget The Girls With No-One To Look After Them This Christmas

Girish Menon | Posted 09.12.2016 | UK
Girish Menon

This Christmas potentially millions of girls living around the world will be facing the risk of sexual violence and exploitation. But putting an exact number on just how many is impossible. The problem is often hidden and concrete figures are hard to come by. These are invisible girls - children who fall through the cracks, who are frequently barely noticed and can face horrific sexual violence.

Power Is Control Of The Story - We Want Our Clothes To Tell A Different Story

Carry Somers | Posted 23.11.2016 | UK Style
Carry Somers

This Thursday is the fourth anniversary of the Tazreen Fashions fire in Dhaka Bangladesh. All of the garment workers were on an overtime shift to complete an urgent order when the fire alarm sounded, but managers ordered them to carry on working.

Girls Have Mountain To Climb To Achieve Same Opportunities As Boys

Helle Thorning-Schmidt | Posted 11.10.2017 | UK
Helle Thorning-Schmidt

Supporting this future generation of leaders, and ensuring that their voices are heard - in communities, in national capitals, and on the world stage - will be critical to the goal of ending child marriage, and transforming the lives of millions of children.