Taklub, the winner of the 2015 Cli-Fi Award for Best Film (titled the Cliffies) is a devastatingly human and raw exploration of the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan (or Yolanda) which hit South-East Asia, causing particular destruction in the Philippines in 2013. The film is an intimate affair which focuses on how one family piece their lives back together.
At The Children's Society we know from our frontline services that, too often, older teenagers are dismissed as 'old enough to know better' and, as a result often are not identified as victims of child sexual exploitation.
Although media coverage has focused on young men making the perilous crossing, over 100,000 women have fled to Europe's shores this year and almost one in four refugees arriving in Europe is a child.
When I first tried to transition as a teacher the language, the structures, the cultural reference points were not there, it was like I had asked for the impossible. Now when I go into schools and other educational spaces there is a real openness and desire to get this right.
My challenge to you this Christmas is that if you're like me and have the time but not much money, rather than seeing these adverts and feeling guilty that you can't help, or just brushing them off: pledge some hours to them. Join #1millionhours, and give the gift of time to those that need it most.
I would not have voted in favour of bombing Syria. ISIL/Daesh is a source of evil, of this I have no doubt. But for me the case for bombing is not proven. Some, including some I greatly respect, say that the traditional Christian criteria for a Just War have been fulfilled. But I cannot agree. Across the world I see the the political reflex to seek quick popularity through warmongering talk, and I abhor it. I believe there is a better way. In the season of the coming of the Prince of Peace let's try and find it together.
I have fond memories of Pakistan. Still fresh to me are the rich fragrances of its aromatic food, the heat of a beautiful spring morning and the unquantifiable potential of its people. In many ways it has all the ingredients to become a heaven on earth.
Animals can be a wonderful addition to a family - just not when they're gifted to an unsuspecting recipient during one of the most chaotic times of the year. The following are some reasons why...
The Paris Climate Change Conference (also known as COP21) is a political milestone in the global fight against climate change. All 195 participating countries agreed to the resulting Paris Agreement. I will examine the key lessons from the negotiations in five categories that matter the most: diplomacy, politics, law, business and economics.
You're probably reading this post on a computer or mobile device via a vibrant glow emitted by the screen. So readily available to many of us, light and power only becomes evident in their unexpected absence - the frustration of dead batteries, power outages and darkness. Yet for 622million people in Africa, energy poverty is the norm. Home to one-sixth of the world's population, Africa receives only 4% of the world's energy supply... Inspired by my own childhood I knew that we could electrify Africa now, and we could do it quickly.
We're reaching the end of 2015 with no end in sight over Syria. The carnage and agony continue. So do the detentions, the torture, the deaths in custody, the "disappearances" and state gangsterism. The Syrian government's barrel bombings also continue and the ever-widening internationalisation of the conflict appears to mean that any eventual resolution is harder still to envisage. But what, if anything, have we learnt about the Syria crisis during 2015? Here are a few thoughts...
As shoppers partake in a rush to buy all those Christmas essentials (and indeed all the things you think you need but probably don't), this may not have much significance for the majority of people who are queuing up to pay for their goods, but it's prompted a lot of soul-searching in my mind.
I am on a mission to decare our nation and reclaim families as families. What I mean by this is that the carer rhetoric has destroyed families, where power dimensions have been perverted. What we need to do is to focus on family cohesion, ensuring a family can remain a interdependent unit.
Downpour will wipe out the field. Beds will be drenched in mud, the air so cold the children wont sleep, the conditions so hideous the parents will fear for their families lives. I was impressed by the positivity and the drive, but all I could think was how the fuck these people will survive the winter?
I really hope people will get behind Singing for Syrians this Christmas and help raise money for these two brilliant charities. Since the start of the conflict in 2012 the UK has allocated more than £1.1billion to help meet the immediate needs of vulnerable people in Syria and of refugees in the region. However, there is always more that can be done.
Of the 11Million Disabled people in the UK, 6% of those are Children. That means that 1 in 20 families have a child with a Disability. Yet a study f...