My wife was at our home, preparing lunch with our boys. When I saw the houses collapsing in the village, I ran as fast as I could through the debris, and back to my family. As I ran, the ground was shaking and I kept falling down. For those five minutes between the earthquake and reaching home, I still had hope. That hope was taken away when I pulled the bodies of my two sons from the rubble.
For those of us working in health care, caring for those in need transcends issues of nationality and practicality: the migrant crisis is far from the first time nurses have needed to respond to a global health issue. During conflict, natural disasters and global epidemics - nurses are there. And what the photos and the footage can't possibly demonstrate is the unimaginable acts of violence and torture, the terrible living conditions, poverty and total collapse of health care infrastructure that so many are fleeing from.
In these seven months I've been working day and night in the Calais camp, first carrying out distributions of tents, sleeping bags, clothes and shoes from the back of my truck to the thousands of refugees arriving, most of whom who had nothing.
I'm standing in the middle of a pig shed. To my left and right, I see row after row of tightly packed sows and their squealing piglets. The building is a sorry sight - hard, featureless, sometimes barely visible in the dim light. I want to leave, except I'm not actually "there". Welcome to the curious world of virtual reality.
Here comes one last opportunity: don't squander it. Our own civil rights leaders are in prison. If President Obama mentions no one else, let him raise the case of Zainab Al-Khawaja, or the Saudi youth Ali Al-Nimr who faces crucifixion, and hold them up as high as Rosa Parks. Ordinary acts face extraordinary repression in the Gulf, but there remains a chance to change that.
We should all be angry that such high levels of deprivation exist alongside such wealth in the capital. The new London Mayor must tackle this crisis as a matter of urgency to ensure that prosperity is equally shared and millions of Londoners are not left behind.
It is often easy to despair at each piece of news which emerges about the European refugee crisis. The Government is trumpeting an announcement on how it plans to protect refugee children caught up in this crisis, but those working on this issue know too well that the promises made fall short of addressing the needs of the most vulnerable on our doorstep... As long as we continue to turn our backs on children in Europe, we will continue to see more tragedies. We are failing children whose only wish is to grow up in safety.
I was told I was a "clever girl", given the name of a book about depression to buy from Amazon and given the URL of the Royal College of Psychiatrists website and told I'd "figure it out" - had I known that I could cure myself through reading medical websites, perhaps I could've performed my own c-sections using tools I'd purchased on Amazon.
Garment workers desperately want to keep their jobs, so boycotting brands is not the way forward. They want to work. In many countries the garment industry is of the few avenues to financial independence for women.
Roald Dahl believed in taking practical steps to improve the lives of those around him and his creativity and determination even helped to develop pioneering medical treatments such as the Wade-Dahl-Till valve, which benefited children across the world.
In the wake of the resignation of Iain Duncan Smith, the UK Government's attack on disability benefits has only just started to receive mainstream cov...
Endorsed and adopted in 1948 by most member states of the United Nations, the UDHR endures as a beacon and a standard, its influence both wide and deep. The Declaration was then - and remains today - an unprecedented educational and cultural force...
Stigma underpins the violence women living with HIV face. HIV and the stigma associated with it can destroy confidence and erode lives. Stigma operates in a number of ways. Women are often the first to be tested for HIV in a family.
When he was four years old, my grandson, Jack, began having headaches and vomiting, Doctors ran neurological tests, including one for meningitis, but couldn't find any cause. They prescribed painkillers but they had no effect. Eventually Jack was sent for a CAT scan, which found bleeding on the brain, and an MRI scan, which revealed the brain tumour. Brain tumours kill more children and adults under the age of 40 than any other cancer... yet over the past decade just 1% of the national spend on cancer research has been allocated to this devastating disease. This is unacceptable.
Over a third of people we surveyed experienced negative emotions in the year following their diagnosis, with the news having the hardest emotional impact on younger people. Many people reported feeling 'like their world had ended' 'they were grieving' or 'like they didn't know who to turn to'.
We have seen how thousands of Nepalese girls, forced onto the streets after the Nepal earthquake, have been trafficked into India and even sold into the United Kingdom. Gross abuses, including rape, have been reported in Iraq. We have heard, at first hand, how Syrian refugee girls as young as eight and nine have been forced into working for exploitative employers when they should be at school. And the plight of the girls kidnapped by Boko Haram from their school two years ago in Nigeria's Borno province continues to haunt us.