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The British Public's Staggering Response To The Hunger Crisis In East Africa

Saleh Saeed | Posted 24.03.2017 | UK
Saleh Saeed

It's just one week on from the launch of DEC's East Africa Crisis Appeal and we have been completely overwhelmed by the incredible response from the British public. We've also had generous donations from the UK government, trusts and companies and many high profile figures, including the Queen and Prince Charles. To date, a staggering £32 million has been raised for East Africa... Sadly, though the scale of this response also reflects the severity of the situation; hunger is looming on a massive scale across East Africa.

Six Years Of War: Syrian Refugee Children In Lebanon

Martin Bell | Posted 20.03.2017 | UK
Martin Bell

What is extraordinary is the resilience and the spirit of these children. Less than half of them are in school, but they play their games and dream their dreams. Hamid, at fifteen, dreams of course of returning home - and of football. From a tent in the mud of the Bekaa Valley, he's a fan of Barcelona.

The Secret To Happiness

Stefan Simanowitz | Posted 20.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Stefan Simanowitz

In reality there is no recipe for happiness. It is not something you can easily quantify or measure. But as the saying goes: "You may as well be happy while you're living, because you're a long time dead."

As The World's Attention Turns To The Plight Of Refugees And Children, We Urge Everyone To Be Part Of The Solution

Monday | Posted 16.03.2017 | UK

We were both born during long and protracted wars - in Uganda, the Lord's Resistance Army fought for almost 30 years to overthrow the Government, whilst Sudan has experienced civil war over the independence of its southern regions for over 60 years.  Our childhoods were shaped by violence and conflict.

Six Years Of Syria's War Is Six Years Too Long - Let's End This

Gareth Bayley | Posted 15.03.2017 | UK
Gareth Bayley

No, Syria is not 'fine', and its people are not 'in a good place'. Yet Syrians' resilience and desire to resolve this conflict endure. Let this be the year a serious effort is made to end this conflict, and I fervently look forward to not having to mark another grim 'anniversary' in a year's time.

Women Are Being Treated Like Criminals In Northern Ireland - This Has To Stop

Grainne Teggart | Posted 08.03.2017 | UK Politics
Grainne Teggart

Something is happening right across the island of Ireland. People are speaking out and mobilising like never before to show there can be no hiding from this issue. The silence and shame which has surrounded abortion for too long is over. On this day of reflection, advocacy and action, let's resolve to play our part in standing with women in both parts of Ireland and join their calls for an end to these outdated abortion laws.

Women Leading Acts Of Resistance Around The World This International Women's Day

Cecile Richards | Posted 08.03.2017 | UK
Cecile Richards

We're living through a major flash point in the ongoing effort to secure women's health and rights around the world. So this International Women's Day, let's take a moment to celebrate women and look at where things really stand for women's health and rights.

German Police Storm Refugee Centre After Reports Of Armed Man

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 28.02.2017 | UK

German police launched a major operation after an armed man brandished a knife in a refugee centre. Authorities in Hamburg were scrambled to the incid...

This Is A Worsening Humanitarian Crisis That Shows No Signs Of Slowing

Mike Adamson | Posted 27.02.2017 | UK
Mike Adamson

Severe hunger that threatens lives is spreading across parts of Africa. Chronically and silently, a food crisis has been growing which the UN says now means that 20million people are facing deadly hunger. It hasn't happened in a day, it won't be solved in one, but it desperately needs the world's focus to save those lives.

Everywhere You Look Doors Are Being Shut To Refugees - Britain Can Do Better

Catherine West | Posted 23.02.2017 | UK Politics
Catherine West

This is what it has come to: young asylum seekers and refugees are now having to beg the government not to turn their backs on desperate children children. "We are the lucky ones - the ones that got here safely. And each of us has a voice. We use our voice now to say this: please don't put the lives of young refugees like us at risk," they plead to the Prime Minister.

Away From The Politics, Here's The Potentially Deadly Reality Of Halting The Dubs Amendment

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 11.02.2017 | UK

Campaigners working in Calais have said the Government’s sudden decision to stop taking in lone child refugees is “shameful” and “cruel”, as...

What On Earth Is Going On In The West Bank - And How Are We Letting It Happen?

Sarah Champion | Posted 10.02.2017 | UK Politics
Sarah Champion

Our time at the compound was running out so we spent the last half an hour in the processing room where prisoners are first taken to be charged.  This was a very different atmosphere, partly because it was a much smaller room, but it also seemed to be more menacing. The judge immediately looked uncomfortable when we walked in...

Life On A Syrian Refugee Camp

Anna Sophia Thorne | Posted 09.02.2017 | UK
Anna Sophia Thorne

All of the deaths, disappearances and instances of violence and torture that have affected my Syrian friends' lives should be fiction, could have been fiction if things had turned out differently. But since they haven't, these facts have had to be absorbed into the fabric of people's lives, just as the realities of life on a refugee camp have had to be.

Shaken Passengers Share Pics As BA Plane 'Skids Off' Runway At Billund

The Huffington Post UK | George Bowden | Posted 20.03.2017 | UK

Shaken passengers have shared chaotic images on social media after their British Airways plane appeared to skid off the runway at Billund, Denmark, th...

The Invaluable Work Done By DfID Should Be Championed, Not Chastised

Kate Osamor | Posted 07.02.2017 | UK Politics
Kate Osamor

A Labour-run DfID would seek to offer a hybrid approach that focuses on economic, environmental and social development, without ever losing sight of what DfID was created to achieve. I will continue to champion the invaluable work DfID does and ensure the UK does not wane on its foreign aid commitments.

British Colonialism Means Being Gay Is Still Illegal In My Home Country

Bisi Alimi | Posted 02.02.2017 | UK
Bisi Alimi

Bisi Alimi is a Nigerian LGBT advocate and HIV activist. The first person to ever come out as gay on Nigerian television, Bisi fled Nigeria for the UK after an attempt on his life in 2007. Here he vlogs for The Huffington Post UK marking 50 years since homosexuality was decriminalised in Britain, and how it continues to be illegal in his home country.

This Is What It Means To Be A Syrian Refugee

Sleman Shwaish | Posted 31.01.2017 | UK
Sleman Shwaish

The emotional torment of fleeing your home is not easy to describe. I remember arriving at London Heathrow airport like it was yesterday. It was a freezing cold December night and I could not think straight. I felt so sad and guilty at leaving my parents behind. But equally I was happy and relieved to be in a safe place. I never wanted to leave Syria. I never thought that, some four years later, I would have a new life in Yorkshire. What makes someone abandon their home and travel over land and sea for a better future? In recent days, there has been so much focus on refugees around the world. I am a 'refugee'. But first and foremost, I am a person.

Theresa May's Disgraceful Cowardice Has Let Britain Down - Join Us In Standing Up To Trump's Tyranny

Caroline Lucas | Posted 30.01.2017 | UK Politics
Caroline Lucas

Let's be clear about what is happening right now, and Britain's role in it. A US President is banning people coming to his country because of their religion. Those fleeing persecution and violence - often because of conflicts the West has been involved in - are being denied a safe haven. The world's greatest power is gripped by the politics of fear and division - and risks sliding into an even darker place. There is only one way to respond to Trump's hate: condemnation. But what have we seen from the Government? Theresa May avoided the question altogether.

Africa's Energy Future

Lord Barker | Posted 26.01.2017 | UK
Lord Barker

The African Union Commission will be electing its next Chairperson at the end of January. This is an influential position, and whoever assumes it will play a major role in the direction the continent takes in the coming years - and in selecting which issues to prioritize.

The Global Gag Rule: A Political Game With Severe Consequences For Women's Lives

Ann Furedi | Posted 24.01.2017 | UK
Ann Furedi

The action shows the extent to which abortion is seen, not as a fundamental healthcare necessity for women, but as a plaything for politicians who want to posture and demonstrate their traditional, conservative commitments. Those of us who believe that women should be able to decide for themselves how to plan their families; those of us who see abortion as a legitimate and necessary part of healthcare; and, who believe that the morals and values of women throughout the world should not be dictated by them and not funders, need to raise our voices now.

Women Are Tearing Down The Walls That Divide Us

Akeela Ahmed | Posted 20.01.2017 | UK
Akeela Ahmed

Change will happen when we join together to stand up to and fight for justice against misogyny, racism, homophobia, Islamophobia and all forms of bigotry and hatred, taking our negative feelings of despondency and channeling them into positive affirmative action. So let's come together to march on London, not in protest but in celebration of diversity, equality and peace.

Does Brexit Threaten UK Environmental Protections?

Dr Doug Parr | Posted 17.01.2017 | UK Politics
Dr Doug Parr

The scenario which now looks plausible is this: the UK heads for a hard Brexit completely cutting ties with the EU, and turns itself into a low-tax, low-standards economy, destroying decades of law building up environmental protection. This is done by a deregulatory government unhindered by Parliament, yet without a mandate from either a General Election or, in any meaningful way, the EU referendum. There was a clear 'leave' vote on 23 June, but it's also clear people weren't voting in favour of diluted environmental standards. Theresa May called for Britain to 'come together' to make a success of Brexit. But that would mean supporting a process that, in its most extreme version, would require degrading and debasing environmental standards

One Year After West Africa Was Declared 'Ebola-Free', The Crisis Is Far From Over

Molly Hodson | Posted 13.01.2017 | UK
Molly Hodson

As we stand with Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea in remembering those who lost their lives to Ebola and in celebrating the end of the epidemic, we must not forget that life has got worse, rather than better, for some of Ebola's hardest-hit orphans and it is not time for us to turn away yet.

2017: A Year To Restore Hope For Children

Sarah Brown | Posted 13.01.2017 | UK
Sarah Brown

The voices we heard in 2016 delivered unexpected political outcomes but I am not sure that we have yet fully understood what the message was. What is abundantly clear is that many people feel short-changed on hope. They want action. We must challenge our current circumstances both by acknowledging where we are and by calling for more and for better - better government, better funding and fairness, better life chances.Following an extraordinary year, here are my revised campaign priorities for the changed world in which we now live.

Far From Driving Turkey Into The Hands Of Extremists, The Vile Attack In Istanbul Must Bring Turks Together

Baroness Hussein-Ece | Posted 04.01.2017 | UK Politics
Baroness Hussein-Ece

Rather than driving Turkey into the arms of extremists, as the gunman presumably wanted, the result of this vile crime should be to bring Turks together - a reminder that the country's great and enduring strength lies in its secular traditions, and I hope future.