For someone dedicated to campaigning journalism, the week I spent writing #GiveMeShelter was one to remember. For much of the time, my fingers bounced furiously off the keyboard telling a story that I hoped would make a difference. Every second I wrote in the safety of my office, I knew that women and children were being abused, killed even - all terrified, all looking for a way out. The Sun's #GiveMeShelter campaign has hopefully gone some way to offering them a lifeline.
The UN is predicting that by the end of this year almost 10million people in Iraq will be in urgent need of help... Already, 1.3million children have been torn from their homes and more than three million do not have access to quality education. Children face danger on a daily basis and have witnessed unspeakable cruelties. Girls have fallen victim to enslavement and sexual violence. Children have been used as suicide bombers and as human shields. Most are living without physical protection, psychosocial support, and basic services.
The culling of badgers, as part of the Government's strategy for controlling bovine tuberculosis in cattle, has proved extremely controversial and divisive, not least because of concerns over the humaneness of 'controlled shooting' (the shooting by marksmen of free-roaming badgers attracted to bait points at night).
I'd have written this blog sooner, but I have a learning disability. In my case this means I can't learn as fast or work as quickly as other people. My brain also tires more easily and like an old battery, can go flat.
In the wake of this media frenzy, there is a unique opportunity to hold Fifa to account not only for their corruption, but also for the lives their greed has cost. Blatter can no longer claim ignorance of the endemic corruption within his organisation and he must be held to a standard that does demand he "watch everyone all the time".
My son Sal was slow to walk, he was almost two when in the space of a day he went from crawling to the front door with me in the morning as I left for walk and running full speed at me as I arrived back that evening. As ingrained in us, off we trotted to the children's shoe shop to have his feet measured and to purchase his first pair of shoes.
I believe if we are doing work we enjoy, it does not feel like work, and we are motivated to push ourselves and our capabilities. Getting a job should not be the end goal, but rather being happy.
Our solution is called magdas HOTEL. I know that we can't stop the dying of thousands of refugees in the Mediterranean just by open up one hotel, but we can show a different approach in dealing with questions of migration.
Europe has been quick and unified to launch a war on smugglers but has shown no political willingness to offer immediate alternatives to these dangerous journeys... Clearly, no political willingness exists in Europe to carry the legal responsibility to provide protection and assistance for people in distress calling for help in the waters just off European shores.
The impact of Hollyoaks creating this story and Channel 4 having the balls to air it at 6.30pm in the week has been felt right across the UK.
Picture the scene of a man stood atop a tank breaking a Palestinian flag over his knee, familiar imagery from the West Bank or the Gaza Strip? No, thi...
I knew that I might not survive. The cancer was highly aggressive and the surgeries were very risky, carrying a 50% percent paralysis risk. At times I was tempted to focus on the injustice of it all. I'd done nothing to deserve this, but no cancer patient ever does. So, instead of staring hopelessly at the bleakness of my situation I determined to be positive...
Now the dust has settled on a general election that confounded pollsters and politicians alike, it's time to get to work. Wednesday saw the first Conservative-only Queen's Speech in almost two decades - and it's already clear that our new Government will be providing plenty to keep those concerned with civil liberties busy during the next legislative year... When Liberty was established in the 1930s, founding member E.M. Forster described our work as "the fight that is never done". He was right. In 2015 the fight to defend our rights and freedoms will be a tough one, but with the support of our members it's one we can win.
I know I'm biased (and I'm sure other organisations who work with volunteers will say the same) but I have never worked with a group of people whose commitment to the cause is so absolute... They fundraise, raise awareness, share their knowledge and experience, and talk from the heart. And they save lives. Our volunteers are amazing. Every day of the year.
Sameer hastens up steep slopes and shoots down small winding trails through deep river valleys. His flip-flops make a clacking sound, as he paces through his village in the mountains of Gorkha. Around him, in stark contrast to the picturesque panorama, homes have turned into piles of rubble, burying clothes, food and furniture underneath...
Nineteen year old Isra'a Yasser Al-Habash was another Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) volunteer working with Ayman in Douma that day. Tragically, she was killed by the mortar fire.