Conflict

Will Life Ever Be Normal Again in Yemen?

Sami Jassar | Posted 27.05.2015 | UK
Sami Jassar

It is no secret that there is no one-size-fits-all solution to providing care for those living with dementia, as there are many different types and every individual is unique. But what is becoming clear is the need for care providers to prepare their services for the future.

World Leaders Hold Syrians' Lives in the Balance

Justin Forsyth | Posted 31.03.2015 | UK
Justin Forsyth

World leaders are gathering in Kuwait today to decide the fate of millions of people in Syria and the neighbouring countries. The Kuwait pledging conference, the third of its kind, will bring together the UN and donor governments to pledge money to help civilians caught up in the spiralling violence. They will need to be generous - as the war enters its fifth year, Syrians and their neighbours are increasingly unable to cope with this unprecedented humanitarian catastrophe.

From Acton in London to Kivu in Congo: Young Music Producers Stand Together

Kary Stewart | Posted 12.05.2015 | UK
Kary Stewart

25-year-old producer Antoine Luta aka 'Sir Loui' was one of the main UK producers in the project. Born to Congolese parents, he left the motherland with his parents when he was still a baby, the family eventually settling in the heart of west London.

Mobile Volunteer Teams Bring Joy to Children Affected by Conflict in Syria's Homs Governorate

Razan Rashidi | Posted 05.04.2015 | UK
Razan Rashidi

The Syrian conflict has so far already forced more than five million children to live through terrible experiences. Building on local capacities, UNICEF and its partners are providing crucial psychosocial support for children to help them overcome such traumatic experiences.

How to Deal With Difficult People

Dr. Bill Cloke | Posted 04.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Dr. Bill Cloke

"You must change how you react to people before you can change how you interact with them," says Rick Kirschner, N.D., coauthor of Dealing with People...

Keeping More Children Safe in a New Generation of Crises

David Bull | Posted 31.03.2015 | UK
David Bull

This year the world has the opportunity to keep more children safe. Together we can help children realise their rights, fulfil their potential and protect them from violence and danger. How the world looks tomorrow is dependent on how children grow up today - and the time to act is now, we haven't a moment to lose.

Conversations about Cinema: The Impact of Conflict

Mark Cosgrove | Posted 30.03.2015 | UK
Mark Cosgrove

As a subject, conflict has always drawn filmmakers, whether driven by political or social ideals, or inspired by more humanitarian concerns.

Syria: From Bad to Worse

Aitor Zabalgogeazkoa | Posted 21.03.2015 | UK
Aitor Zabalgogeazkoa

In 2014, the fourth year of the conflict in Syria, a bleak humanitarian situation deteriorated even further. To date, there have been over 200,000 fatalities and one million casualties. Three million people have sought refuge across borders and more than seven million people have been displaced. More than half of the country's population - including five million children - require some form of humanitarian aid. Not only has violence increased, but access to aid has also been restricted. Needs are greater than ever but the aid system is not meeting them. Today, Syria remains the most serious humanitarian crisis in the world.

Homerton and Hebdo: Thoughts on Violence in and From the Margins

Dan Smith OBE | Posted 15.03.2015 | UK
Dan Smith OBE

It is one thing for some of the world's leaders to march for freedom of expression. Well done that they did so, even if some of them were being more than a little hypocritical. But freedom of expression should be used to help build a more just and fair world. Let millions march for that too.

The Legacy of War Examined in New Exhibition at Tate Modern

Victoria Sadler | Posted 08.02.2015 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

Timed to coincide with the First World War centenary, the Tate Modern has opened a new exhibition that examines wars and conflict in photography. But this is not a simple display of photojournalism.

Of Russia, Figs and Boarding Passes

Larisa Sotieva | Posted 21.01.2015 | UK
Larisa Sotieva

In places like the Vladikavkaz market, informal communities who have no idea what NGOs are may prove themselves much stronger and more dynamic in the defence of their interests than the marginalised NGOs themselves, which Russia attacks in a Cervantian manner reminiscent of tilting at windmills.

For Syrian Children, the Harsh Winter Brings More Woes

Kumar Tiku | Posted 17.01.2015 | UK
Kumar Tiku

"We really need help to stay warm this winter," says Ibrahim* (10) who lives with his family in an Aleppo shelter after they were displaced from their home in Aleppo city by the ongoing conflict in Syria.

A Different Middle East

Miriam Brown | Posted 12.01.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Miriam Brown

Out of the 300 million odd people living in the region, I understand my small sample of friends cannot be taken as a final representation of the Middle East. Nor do I want to gloss over the fact that thousands have been killed and millions have been made homeless. This we cannot forget and maybe, quite rightly, the media aren't letting us.

The Kashmir Healthcare Crisis - 'Patients Have Been Dying' Says Doctor

Rita Pal | Posted 05.12.2014 | UK
Rita Pal

With time racing forward to a severe winter of discontent, the doctors of Kashmir have requested international assistance from the World Health Organisation and the United Nations.

Praying for ISIS

Canon J.John | Posted 22.11.2014 | UK
Canon J.John

My son asked me last week, 'How should we pray for ISIS?' A good question and one that needed pondering for a few days! It is hard not to feel very strongly about the rise of ISIS in the Middle East and the brutal and very public barbarities it has carried out...

The Guns Are Silent But the Children Are Still Suffering

Cat Carter | Posted 08.11.2014 | UK
Cat Carter

It's a bicycle. The only thing I see under the stairs of one small home in the Gaza strip. A girl's small blue bicycle. A bit battered, had seen better days, but just a bicycle. Ahmad*, whose home it is, continues to point at it. I'm thoroughly bewildered. He stares at the bicycle. Then sits down heavily and starts speaking in slow, measured tones...

Confronting Collusion

Yasmin Khatun | Posted 22.10.2014 | UK Politics
Yasmin Khatun

Our involvement in war and arms must be confronted; we cannot continue to collude with criminals and must own up to the roles that we play. Too many have suffered and too many are suffering.

World Humanitarian Day! Remembering the Brave

Unni Krishnan | Posted 19.10.2014 | UK
Unni Krishnan

In a world where close to a billion people go to hungry, is there a choice not to be humanitarian?

The Price of Human Life After the MH17 Tragedy in Ukraine

Larisa Sotieva | Posted 15.10.2014 | UK
Larisa Sotieva

I do not want to sound cynical in suggesting that human life has a price. It is priceless as far as I am concerned. But this is a world that is not of my making. It operates according to rules that are sometimes quite absurd, and whether we agree or not, there is a societal consensus that human life, too, has a price.

Tolerate Thy Neighbour

Lloyd Mallison | Posted 29.09.2014 | UK
Lloyd Mallison

The first amendment in the United States is a wonderful thing. It means you can say whatever you like about anything... But with the increasing popularity of Facebook comment section fights, and chatroom brawls, I'm seeing more and more often that people seem to forget that freedom of speech goes both ways.

Guidance for the Naive Undergraduate - Part Eight: the Best Days of My Life?

Thomas Hurdsfield | Posted 28.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Thomas Hurdsfield

Studying constantly with fear of failure, late nights working the same shifts as the signer on television, living in squalid dwellings with landlords who may well be the offspring of Hitler and his one testicle, and constantly finding yourself scraping ancient coco-pops from a mouldy bowl whilst washing the five thousands dishes, is a tough life.

Idealists, Convicts, Misfits and Russians: A Civilian's Tale in Eastern Ukraine

Tom Johnson | Posted 22.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Tom Johnson

In times of war, except in cases of extreme tragedy, the plight of the civilian is often ignored. The devastating shooting down of flight MH17 served only to cruelly to remind us that the civilian costs in war are often just as great as the military ones...

Gaza: The Place Where Nothing Was As It Seemed

Cat Carter | Posted 11.09.2014 | UK
Cat Carter

Earlier this year, when I was in Gaza, people everywhere asked me the same thing: "Ah, how do you find it here? What do you think of this place?" It's a challenging question. How do I find Gaza? Unexpectedly beautiful. Impossibly sad.

Will Children of Syria Ever Heal From the Scars of War?

Kumar Tiku | Posted 05.09.2014 | UK
Kumar Tiku

During the course of my humanitarian work in Syria, I have listened to many children share their perspectives. The death of family members, whether siblings or a parent or other loved one is common. Being displaced from their homes, often more than once, and finding their friends and communities snatched away. Memories of repeated attacks from warring parties that flattened whole neighborhoods, fires that raged through the night stay with them.

The Path to Better Education in Pakistan

Aaron Benavot | Posted 02.09.2014 | UK
Aaron Benavot

Improving quality in Pakistan would also be a huge breakthrough. In rural areas many primary schools lack sufficient classrooms to provide a proper five year cycle: In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, for example, more than half of the schools do not contain the requisite 5 classrooms (one per grade). If you were a parent, would you send your children to school, and keep them there, if school conditions meant that your children were unlikely to learn the basics?