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Trachoma Has Blinded Two Million Across The World - But It Can Be Eliminated

HRH The Countess of Wessex | Posted 24.05.2017 | UK
HRH The Countess of Wessex

Malawi has shown what can be achieved. Blinding trachoma is endemic in 54 countries across the world, yet global elimination is well within our grasp through a proven strategy of better sanitation and hygiene, antibiotics and simple, inexpensive surgery. But the organisations battling trachoma need help to complete this critical work.

'A Child Is A Child Wherever They May Be' - Why We Must Act To Protect Children On The Move

Lily Caprani | Posted 18.05.2017 | UK
Lily Caprani

One child moving is one child too many and this is why ahead of the G7 summit in Italy next week, Unicef is calling on governments to adopt a six-point agenda for action to protect these children and ensure their well-being.

Trump's Leak Of Classified Information Threatens The UK

Michael Day | Posted 16.05.2017 | UK Politics
Michael Day

Trump either didn't have the wherewithal to know how dangerous the things he was revealing were, or he just didn't care. For us in Europe, it seems the Trump administration has been a case in vicarious schadenfreude aside the odd fear of war in Asia or the Middle East that in any case seems so distant that it doesn't affect us directly. But for all the amusement gained from Sean Spicer hiding from reporters in the bushes around the White House or the such like, the fact remains that Trump's negligence or duplicity might impact closer to home than we would have previously have thought in the most terrible of ways.

Five Reasons Why Trump Can't Tear Up The Paris Agreement

Emily Buchanan | Posted 15.05.2017 | UK Politics
Emily Buchanan

Trump is threatening to pull out of the Paris Agreement, a landmark commitment struck by nearly 200 nations aimed at limiting global warming to well below 2°C. As the world's second largest emitter of greenhouse gases, the U.S. plays a massive role in achieving this. It's hard to imagine how we'll do it without them. But there's hope.

Why You Should Explore Alone (Even When Travelling With Other People)

Abigail Fedorovsky | Posted 09.05.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Abigail Fedorovsky

Over the last few years, I've travelled to various different countries, mostly with other people. It is definitely fun to share new experiences with a group, supporting each other when you struggle and making memories together.

Why I'm Crowdfunding To Help Syrian Refugees Find A Home In The UK

Zahra Hankir | Posted 05.05.2017 | UK
Zahra Hankir

It's difficult to overcome that stubborn sense of helplessness when confronted with the staggering realities of this war, particularly in the age of Brexit and Donald Trump. How can we conceivably make a lasting difference knowing that almost half a million people have died since the conflict erupted in early 2011, and that roughly five million have had to flee their homeland, oftentimes perishing along the way? What can we possibly do? Crowdfunding can't end wars. But donating to one of the many charities that support Syrian refugees, including Homes for Syrians, is a form of action that a lot of us have the privilege to take. Whether it's £5 or £50 or more, every single penny goes a long way.

Reflections On Meeting Iraqi Christians In Jordan

Justin Welby | Posted 03.05.2017 | UK
Justin Welby

Yesterday we visited St Paul's Anglican Church in Amman, Jordan. It is an extraordinary place - a congregation made up of Jordanians, a few Egyptians, some Syrians (though many of these have been resettled) and Iraqi refugees.

Turkey's Journalists Are Under Siege - You Can Help Them Like You Helped Us

Peter Greste | Posted 03.05.2017 | UK
Peter Greste

Detaining journalists has a chilling effect on everyone, making them afraid to speak out. So while #FreeTurkeyMedia is about getting journalists out of prison, it is also about creating a better future for human rights in Turkey and sending a clear message to those around the world who seek to silence free speech.

Marine Le Pen's Most Controversial Election Pledges

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 24.04.2017 | UK

Far-right leader Marine Le Pen will face centrist independent Emmanuel Macron in the May 7 run-off of the 2017 French presidential election. After sec...

The Latest Climate Change Documentary Tells A Positive Story. Here's Why That's Important.

Lucy Sherriff | Posted 03.07.2017 | UK
Lucy Sherriff

The recurring narrative of Tomorrow is one of hope. And it's an important change in tone; the climate change discussion is overwhelming, and quite frankly, terrifying. And it's all too tempting to bury your head in the sand when it comes to taking action. Hopefully this film will inspire people to take action...

Foreign Aid Is A Vital National Interest Essential In Ensuring A Safer World

Bill Gates | Posted 21.04.2017 | UK
Bill Gates

Given the recent wave of newspaper stories suggesting the UK's aid money isn't being well spent, I feel it is important for someone like me who works on foreign aid every day to make the case for the facts. So, let me be clear...

Turkey's Erdogan Declares Victory In Close Vote, But Opponents Contest Result

HuffPost UK | George Bowden | Posted 16.05.2017 | UK

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is thanking allies and supporters for the passage of a constitutional referendum he backed that greatly expands...

Boris Johnson Wades Into North Korean Missile Row Amid Rising Tensions

HuffPost UK | George Bowden | Posted 16.05.2017 | UK

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has warned North Korea to comply with the United Nations (UN) after its failed missile launch. “They must stop these...

Easter Is About Service And Hope - Let's Show It To Refugees As Well

David Burrowes | Posted 14.04.2017 | UK Politics
David Burrowes

At Easter Christians will be remembering how Jesus Christ showed the ultimate service and hope of eternal life through his death and resurrection. Let us resolve to show some of that service by giving some of our most vulnerable a new life, and a hope for the future.

Time Is Running Out To Stop Famine In South Sudan

Lily Partland | Posted 12.04.2017 | UK
Lily Partland

An hour and a half northeast of South Sudan's capital Juba by light plane, near the border with Ethiopia, the parched red earth below is dotted with bright green trees. Within weeks, the wet season rains will turn this 'runway' or strip of bare earth that we land on, into a muddy quagmire, making access incredibly difficult. Travelling by four wheel drive to one of Save the Children's treatment centres for malnourished young children, we travel down a picturesque avenue of trees, their canopies providing welcome relief from the hot day.

The Fires In Dunkirk Were An Entirely Preventable Catastrophe

Benny Hunter | Posted 12.04.2017 | UK
Benny Hunter

The only home had by some 1,500 men women and children has been reduced to ashes. This is a dire and deeply tragic situation, that was entirely preventable. It is important to remember, these are not criminals to be interned, but individuals experiencing the deepest tragedy of their lives, fleeing war, persecution and violence. They don't need our pity, but they deserve dignity and respect, because without this, their suffering will only be intensified.

Nostalgia For The Future In The Post-Soviet Space

Larisa Sotieva | Posted 10.04.2017 | UK Politics
Larisa Sotieva

When I was little, I used to enjoy singing in a choir. One of the songs we sang went: "The Revolution has a beginning, but the Revolution has no end"....

Storytelling: The Art Form

Lily Cole | Posted 10.04.2017 | UK
Lily Cole

In the turbulence of our current social and political climate, stories are as important as ever. They offer gateways, mirrors and alternative possibilities, insights to ourselves and others, pathways and tools to reimagine our lives and realities.

Fighting Famine: A Week In South Sudan

Anna Foster | Posted 09.04.2017 | UK
Anna Foster

The signs of home are everywhere. A small boy playing football dressed in a faded Arsenal shirt. The Union flag fluttering on the shop awning fashioned from old tarpaulins. But this isn't the UK. It's South Sudan. And it's a country in crisis.

Did President Trump Do The Right Thing?

Dr Kate Ferguson | Posted 07.04.2017 | UK Politics
Dr Kate Ferguson

History may well remember President Trump's decision last night as a critical juncture in Syria's tragedy. But without a comprehensive strategy to curtail Assad's crimes and bring peace, then stability, and in time justice to Syria one night of limited airstrikes will hang in history as an empty gesture that failed to save lives and hampered global efforts to build legitimate and lasting multilateral mechanisms for civilian protection and atrocity prevention.

Africans Waiting For Handouts? That Couldn't Be Farther From The Truth

Suzy Madigan | Posted 31.03.2017 | UK
Suzy Madigan

In a settlement outside Burao, Somaliland's second largest town, a savings association set up by CARE International and run entirely by local women was providing them not only with status and a voice in the community but also emergency support. Zeinab, one of CARE's female project officers, explained how women pay regularly on behalf of their families into the shared scheme. In normal times, the association can provide loans for entrepreneurial ventures such as small shops. During times of crisis such as severe drought, the collected funds offer a form of insurance for the most vulnerable.

Oxford To Win The 2017 Boat Race

Johnny Luk | Posted 30.03.2017 | UK Sport
Johnny Luk

I will say straight off the bat, barring a sinking or crash; Oxford University Men's first team will win the 2017 Boat Race. I didn't go to either university, so I have no bias here.

The Livestock Somalis Rely On To Survive Are Dying - They Worry Their Children Are Next

Shaista Aziz | Posted 27.03.2017 | UK
Shaista Aziz

Across East Africa more than 18million people are facing catastrophic drought and food shortages. Already in Somalia people have died because of hunger and as the drought deepens people are becoming weaker and exhausting all their coping mechanisms to keep themselves and their families alive.

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.