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Childhood Under Attack in Yemen

David Bull | Posted 30.08.2015 | UK
David Bull

The conflict in Yemen is a tragedy for the country's children. I wish I could make it stop. Despite the dangers and difficulties, Unicef staff are in the country and working day and night delivering vital, life-saving supplies, immunising children, providing emergency nutrition and clean water, and helping children wherever we can. Unicef only have a fraction of the funds we need and are stretched thin. We can help more children but only with your support.

Helping the Victims of Islamic State's 'Religion of Rape'

Lisa Pearce | Posted 28.08.2015 | UK
Lisa Pearce

Cala is one of over 3,000 Yazidi women and children kidnapped by IS. They are 'objects', to be used and abused as their new owners see fit. The rapists from IS justify their actions by praying before and after they rape the girls, turning their atrocities into a religious act.

Emotions Run High As Alison Parker And Adam Ward's Colleagues Return To Work

The Huffington Post UK | George Bowden | Posted 27.08.2015 | UK

The WDBJ 7 Breakfast programme has returned to air after the murders of journalists Alison Parker and Adam Ward. The broadcast is the first by the ...

20,000 People Just Had The World's Biggest Tomato Fight

The Huffington Post UK | George Bowden | Posted 27.08.2015 | UK

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Virginia Shooting Suspect Tweets Video Of The Attack (GRAPHIC PHOTOS)

The Huffington Post UK | George Bowden | Posted 26.08.2015 | UK

A man suspected of shooting a Virginia news crew dead during a live broadcast has uploaded camera phone footage of the attack to his Twitter account. ...

The Voyage of the Damned - and the People of Hope

Richard Reoch | Posted 26.08.2015 | UK Politics
Richard Reoch

The shame of the St Louis, now memorialized in holocaust museums around the world, is a timely reminder. Since the beginning of this year some 340,000 people have piled into boats or trekked overland to reach Europe. They have been called a "swarm", "marauders" and "cockroaches". By August, more than 2,000 had drowned crossing the Mediterranean.

WDBJ 7 News Team Killed Live On Air In Virginia Shooting (DISTURBING IMAGES)

The Huffington Post UK | George Bowden | Posted 26.08.2015 | UK

- Shooting leaves reporter and cameraman dead, interviewee injured - Broadcast live on Virginia station WDBJ 7, footage depicted gunman - Gunm...

Marcy Borders 'The Dust Lady' Of 9/11 Has Died Of Stomach Cancer

The Huffington Post UK | George Bowden | Posted 26.08.2015 | UK

It has become one of the defining images of September 11, 2001. A smartly-dressed woman stands in disbelief, visibly distraught, covered from head-to-...

Family Tear Open Coffin After 'Hearing Screams' Of Dead Teenager

The Huffington Post UK | George Bowden | Posted 26.08.2015 | UK

Relatives of a teenager thought to have been buried alive in Honduras say they are devastated at the final confirmation of her death. Neysi Perez, ...

Save Syria Out of Self-Interest

Hilary Stauffer | Posted 25.08.2015 | UK
Hilary Stauffer

If governments and policymakers won't commit to finding a lasting political, diplomatic and military solution to Syria's unrest because it is 'the right thing to do', perhaps they can be provoked into action out of inherent selfishness.

Al Jazeera Will Not Say Mediterranean 'Migrants' but We Should

Judith Vonberg | Posted 25.08.2015 | UK
Judith Vonberg

By rejecting the term and using 'refugee' instead as a means of arousing the empathy and compassion we should be feeling towards these people, Al Jazeera gives credence to the illiberal voices telling us that migrants are not worthy of our compassion.

Explaining the Exodus From Eritrea- the "North Korea of Africa"

Claudia Hyde | Posted 25.08.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Claudia Hyde

If Europe is unwilling to accept more refugees or to treat them with the humanity they deserve, they must at least apply pressure on the Eritrean government to cease its abuse of conscripts and civilians. The international community owes a duty to its most vulnerable- it must not fail to protect them again.

Syriza Must Form the Next Greek Government

Stephen T. Hall | Posted 24.08.2015 | UK Politics
Stephen T. Hall

Without sentimentality, the newfound consecration of the Greek government to enact brutalising austerity measures, so corrosive that even the IMF doubts its promised successes, will now once more test the resolve of the Greek people.

The Silent Majority Should Stand Up to Welcome Those Fleeing Persecution

Daniel Fox | Posted 21.08.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Daniel Fox

It should not be a matter coping. We should welcome these people because they will thrive in Britain and Britain will thrive because of them. Imagine a 20th century Britain without the influence of Jewish refugees; it would have grown up a poorer place.

'We Are Not Dangerous, We Are in Danger': Inside 'The Jungle' Migrant Camp

Mike Snelle | Posted 20.08.2015 | UK
Mike Snelle

There is a deadly humanitarian crisis on our doorstep, and our current approach is compounding the problem. If the people in The Jungle were white Europeans, I have no doubt that we do everything possible to help them. Instead, we allow desperate people to exist in appalling conditions, and build fences to ensure they stay there. If I were a more courageous man, I would have brought someone back with me.

First They Came for the Cheeses and No-One Spoke Out - Russia's Banning Mania

Neil Durkin | Posted 20.08.2015 | UK Politics
Neil Durkin

On top of existing prohibitions on "undesirable organisations", on numerous public demonstrations, on gay pride rallies and on materials said to "promote" homosexuality, Russia's recent restrictions are faintly ludicrous and distinctly sinister.

Protecting The Most Vulnerable in Sierra Leone's Latest Ebola Outbreak

David Bull | Posted 20.08.2015 | UK
David Bull

The 49 households that make up Massesebe were under lockdown after a man who had travelled to the village from Freetown for the Eid celebrations, died of Ebola. This was the first Ebola case in Tonkolili District in five months. 498 people, including 101 children under five, were quarantined in the village and two people confirmed as being Ebola positive.

From East London to the East End of Glasgow: We Should Look to Lagos

Graham Sheffield | Posted 20.08.2015 | UK
Graham Sheffield

Last month an article in the Economist contended that, despite being "crowded, noisy and violent", Lagos is a positive model for the rest of Nigeria - maybe for the whole of Africa and that's the reason why the British Council has a long-standing relationship with this nation.

The World's Worst Place to Be Disabled?

Sophie Morgan | Posted 19.08.2015 | UK
Sophie Morgan

The UK is by no means the best place in the world to be disabled. But given that as a disabled person I am able to access the basic care, equipment, education, employment I need to live, I feel very privileged in comparison to the estimated one billion disabled people worldwide, of which 80% are found in developing countries.

"I Don't Want to Remember the Journey - Ever"

Hedinn Halldorsson | Posted 19.08.2015 | UK
Hedinn Halldorsson

One in every 122 people in the world are asylum seekers, refugees or internally displaced in their own countries. More than half of the world's refugees are children. One of them is Sami*. He is 15, from Syria. Sami is here with a friend, his family are back in Syria.

Why 30million Displaced Boys and Girls Urgently Need Our Help This World Humanitarian Day

Gordon Brown | Posted 19.08.2015 | UK
Gordon Brown

Today is about action, not just words - it is World Humanitarian Day. It is not a celebration. It is a much-needed recognition of those "who face danger and adversity in order to help others," a clear signal that there IS good in the world and a message to millions that life is precious. And what better way to recognise those who help others in the most dire circumstances than to announce we will give priority to new and better international support so humanitarians can carry out their mission to provide every child with opportunity in some of the most trying circumstances.

The Worst Place to Be a Woman This Year Got Even Worse

Laurie Adams | Posted 19.08.2015 | UK
Laurie Adams

Yemen may not be the worst place in the world to be a woman - being under the control of Islamic State may have that dubious honour - but it is perhaps the biggest crisis that is getting the least attention.

Humanitarians Helping to Unite Nations

Baroness Emma Nicholson | Posted 18.08.2015 | UK
Baroness Emma Nicholson

Last summer the workloads of every single man and woman in our team almost doubled overnight as a huge stream of desperate families fled from the terrorists of Islamic State. That stream became a river that is still flowing to this day.

The UK Effort to #ShareHumanity With Syria

Gareth Bayley | Posted 18.08.2015 | UK Politics
Gareth Bayley

When one looks at the scale of Syria's need, it is clear that the international community cannot do enough and indeed has not done enough. The heart of the matter - support and pressure for a political settlement - is flatly blocked within the UN Security Council. Humanitarian aid appeals meet with a response, but never quite to the amount sought. For the UK, we responded - £200million to the latest appeal - and will continue to respond. And we do all we can to unblock the path to that political settlement that Syria needs.

Healing Waters From Hebron to Gaza

Kate Rothschild | Posted 17.08.2015 | UK
Kate Rothschild

I leave the region with all the usual feelings, heavy feelings, the same ones people much brighter and more eloquent than me have described through the years. I just have one small, unfurling seed of optimism; knowing that if water could be disentangled from the war, it presents a genuine opportunity for co-operation and relationship building between neighbours. In all the gloom there is a glimmer of hope and it's right there, in the water.