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Georgia Is on the Wrong Side of History

Levan Asatiani | Posted 17.05.2016 | UK
Levan Asatiani

Today is the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT) and many in Europe have a lot to celebrate... Over on the eastern edge of the continent, however, things have been heading quite a contrary direction this year.

Why's Everyone Talking About Idaho and Hobbits Again?

Claire House | Posted 17.05.2016 | UK
Claire House

Over the past quarter of a century, great progress has been made on LGBT rights worldwide. 40 countries have decriminalised homosexuality and over 30 have outlawed homophobic hate crimes. Over 60 countries now legally protect LGBT people at work and 15 recognise same-sex marriages. But huge challenges remain

The Time Will Come When I Die - But I Pray I Will Live Until My Natural Death

Abdul Basit | Posted 13.05.2016 | UK
Abdul Basit

I am in pain. I have been in pain ever since I became ill with tubercular meningitis in prison in 2010, which left me paralyzed. Ever since then, I have not been able to move from the waist down - I cannot even go to the toilet myself, and need medicine every day. I am dependent on others for everything, and it's very difficult... I have a faith, and believe everything is written in destiny, so when the time will come I will die - nobody can stop it. But I still pray that everything will be alright - I will not be executed, but will live until my natural death.

Nepal, One Year On

Chloe Brett | Posted 13.05.2016 | UK
Chloe Brett

These children are unlikely to forget what happened one year ago. Their faces are the faces of children who have had to grow up too fast. If we act now, there is hope that children like Ashmiti and her friends could have positive futures that aren't defined by the events of last spring.

In Liberia, the Scars of Ebola Are Everywhere - But There Is Hope Among the Hardship

Lizzie Lake | Posted 10.05.2016 | UK
Lizzie Lake

One year on from the end of Ebola, life in hot, dusty Dolo's Town is still fragile and hard. The legacy of this vicious disease will be felt for years to come. The pain and grief is still tangible, but there is a cautious op-timism that, with the right investment and support, things are starting to look up.

There Is No Migrant Crisis

Alex Scrivener | Posted 10.05.2016 | UK
Alex Scrivener

It's time for us to reassess what we currently think of as a migrant crisis. What we face is a crisis of war, poverty and inequality. And free movement, far from being the problem, is part of the solution. Indeed, it's time to begin the fight for free movement for everyone, whether they be rich or poor. This may sound idealistic, but the alternative, the continuation of the unfair and cruel status quo, obligates us to at least begin to build a different kind of world.

Ebola's Gone but Sierra Leone's Health System Is on Its Knees

Heenali Patel | Posted 09.05.2016 | UK
Heenali Patel

The rows of white tents that used to house patients at the Ebola Treatment Centre in the Moyamba District of Sierra Leone have been disinfected and taken away, and the smell of smoke and chlorine that once filled the dusty air has faded... This time last year, the centre was on the frontline of the fight against Ebola.

Students At This University Are Being Forced To Study Exorcism

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 09.05.2016 | UK Universities & Education

Students in Spain have been enrolled on a compulsory course about exorcism. The University College of Barberan and Collan has invited a priest to prov...

Why Lion Trophy Hunting Must End

Mark Jones | Posted 04.05.2016 | UK
Mark Jones

Most people know about the terrible declines in many of Africa's animals, particularly elephants. What many people don't realise is that Lions, arguably the most iconic of Africa's predators, are also in real trouble.

Britain Has Been Instrumental in the Yemen Humanitarian Effort - But Questions Must Be Asked of Arms Transfers to Saudi Arabia

Stephen Twigg | Posted 04.05.2016 | UK Politics
Stephen Twigg

The International Development Committee is encouraged by DFID's focus on the long term development of Yemen and the department's support for UN efforts to facilitate peace talks. We urge the Government to apply pressure on all parties to the conflict so we can see progress in the peace talks and particularly to ensure that the accompanying ceasefire is adhered to by all sides.

Violence Against Women and Girls - It's Time to Put Words Into Action

Girish Menon | Posted 28.04.2016 | UK
Girish Menon

Today in Westminster, MPs from across different political parties will join together to debate this issue and discuss what really needs to be done in order to bring an end to the violence that scars the lives of so many.

Rebuilding Nepal After Devastating Earthquake

Chris Bain | Posted 26.04.2016 | UK
Chris Bain

Kamala Thalea lost her son, two daughters and her mother when a devastating earthquake hit Nepal one year ago. She said, "My family and old life are gone now, I only have my eldest daughter left with me."

Aid to Education Has Again Gone Down

Aaron Benavot | Posted 25.04.2016 | UK
Aaron Benavot

Governments around the world have just signed up to an enormously ambitious and promising vision for education and lifelong learning over the next fifteen years, an agenda they know is crucial if even greater ambitions for sustainable development are to be realized by 2030.

If We Keep Spreading the Message About Malaria, We Will Keep Saving Even More Lives

Martha Amoo | Posted 25.04.2016 | UK
Martha Amoo

Education is so vital. When you give people help and tell them what the symptoms are and what to do if they feel ill, it not only prevents them from getting malaria in the first place but teaches them how to get the right treatment to save their lives.

I Will Never Forget the Earthquake That Took My Sons

Tok Kanchhi Tamang | Posted 25.04.2016 | UK
Tok Kanchhi Tamang

My wife was at our home, preparing lunch with our boys. When I saw the houses collapsing in the village, I ran as fast as I could through the debris, and back to my family. As I ran, the ground was shaking and I kept falling down. For those five minutes between the earthquake and reaching home, I still had hope. That hope was taken away when I pulled the bodies of my two sons from the rubble.

One Year on From the Earthquake: The Women Rebuilding Nepal

Mariela Magnelli | Posted 24.04.2016 | UK
Mariela Magnelli

Women continue to be among the most affected by the worst natural disaster to hit Nepal in 81 years. Women have lost their homes, families and livelihoods, and have received little support from the Nepali government. Intersecting inequalities meant that women faced additional barriers and were less able to access the emergency relief provided. Single women in particular are still struggling to access the support they need, fighting barriers and social stigma in order to gain equal rights.

'Dignity First' and Other Key Lessons From the Nepal Earthquake

Giulia Vallese | Posted 24.04.2016 | UK
Giulia Vallese

So what does dignity look like to female earthquake survivors? It means being able to maintain personal hygiene through sanitary pads, clean clothes, soap, toothpaste, flashlights and other essentials provided to women and girls via UNFPA's trademark Dignity Kits, about 560,000 thousand of which were distributed in the first few months following the quake...

This Is More Than a Crisis of Borders - It Is a Crisis of Health

Anna Crossley | Posted 22.04.2016 | UK
Anna Crossley

For those of us working in health care, caring for those in need transcends issues of nationality and practicality: the migrant crisis is far from the first time nurses have needed to respond to a global health issue. During conflict, natural disasters and global epidemics - nurses are there. And what the photos and the footage can't possibly demonstrate is the unimaginable acts of violence and torture, the terrible living conditions, poverty and total collapse of health care infrastructure that so many are fleeing from.

President Obama's Last Opportunity With the Gulf

Sayed Alwadaei | Posted 21.04.2016 | UK Politics
Sayed Alwadaei

Here comes one last opportunity: don't squander it. Our own civil rights leaders are in prison. If President Obama mentions no one else, let him raise the case of Zainab Al-Khawaja, or the Saudi youth Ali Al-Nimr who faces crucifixion, and hold them up as high as Rosa Parks. Ordinary acts face extraordinary repression in the Gulf, but there remains a chance to change that.

The Photograph I Did Not Take

Mary Turner | Posted 18.04.2016 | UK
Mary Turner

There was not the money for everyone to make the journey though - it is about US$600 on average for a person to travel in a floating death trap, from Turkey to Europe. Iman's husband was killed fighting Assad's troops long ago, leaving her struggling alone.

You Pay Your Tax, I'll Pay Mine

Loren Treisman | Posted 18.04.2016 | UK
Loren Treisman

Africa is always a loser in this global gluttony. Last year, an esteemed report released by the African Union's High Level Panel on Illicit Financial Flows, revealed that an estimated $60.3 billion was illicitly channelled out of the continent between 2003 and 2012, roughly one a half times the total donated in overseas aid during the same period.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights - Upheld and Updated

Andrew Hilland | Posted 18.04.2016 | UK
Andrew Hilland

Endorsed and adopted in 1948 by most member states of the United Nations, the UDHR endures as a beacon and a standard, its influence both wide and deep. The Declaration was then - and remains today - an unprecedented educational and cultural force...

A Campaign Led by Young People Can Help Make the Difference in Stopping Slavery

Gordon Brown | Posted 18.04.2016 | UK
Gordon Brown

We have seen how thousands of Nepalese girls, forced onto the streets after the Nepal earthquake, have been trafficked into India and even sold into the United Kingdom. Gross abuses, including rape, have been reported in Iraq. We have heard, at first hand, how Syrian refugee girls as young as eight and nine have been forced into working for exploitative employers when they should be at school. And the plight of the girls kidnapped by Boko Haram from their school two years ago in Nigeria's Borno province continues to haunt us.

The World Must Step Up and Respond to Ethiopia's Drought Crisis

Helle Thorning-Schmidt | Posted 15.04.2016 | UK Politics
Helle Thorning-Schmidt

The complexities of this crisis go beyond the very real human need I saw playing out in Fedeto. Were it faced with this drought alone, the Government of Ethiopia would have a heady, but manageable task. Sadly, all indications of the climate change trajectory suggest that this is not an isolated case of drought, but rather the paradigm for what is yet to come.

Children Used as Suicide Bombers - The Latest Horrific Tactic of Boko Haram

Lily Caprani | Posted 13.04.2016 | UK
Lily Caprani

Since the time when the girls were taken from their school by armed militiamen, the impact of the conflict on children has grown dramatically. Over the past year, 44 children have been used as suicide bombers. In fact, the number of children used in suicide attacks has increased ten-fold over the last year and over 75% of the children involved in the attacks are girls. Nearly one out of every five suicide bombers is a child.