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Iraq: The Plight of the Forgotten People

Laura Taylor | Posted 27.03.2016 | UK
Laura Taylor

There are currently over three million people in Iraq who have been forced to flee their homes due to the violence and destruction caused by Isis and other internal sectarian conflicts. The country is also hosting some 250,000 of the millions of refugees who have fled the war in Syria.

The Real Face of Food Poverty

Iris Maxfield | Posted 25.03.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Iris Maxfield

The Trussell Trust is a charity with both volunteers and clients, who take everyone, and help everyone they can. There seems to be a great misunderstanding about what we do, who we are and who we help and how we do so. Offering someone a tea, a slice of cake and asking "How are you" means more than I thought it could.

Defiant West Africans Show The World How To Confront A Growing Terror Threat

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 25.03.2016 | UK

Less than a fortnight after a deadly terror attack saw 19 tourists killed and dozens more injured at a popular beach resort in Ivory Coast, people hav...

It Will Take More Than Solidarity to Defeat This Terrorist Menace - We Need an Effective European Response

Guy Verhofstadt | Posted 24.03.2016 | UK Politics
Guy Verhofstadt

Until now, we have been spared a major attack on Belgian soil. Sadly, the sickening events of 22 March abruptly changed that. Brussels now joins the growing list of European cities that have been targeted for mass casualty attacks: Madrid, London and Paris. But this week's slaughter wasn't just an attack on Belgium. Maalbeek metro station, where so many innocent men, women and children died, is a key transit hub for the European district. We now know at least 40 different nationalities were caught up in the attacks. This was a strike at the heart of Europe. More than ever, it's clear we are facing a European challenge.

Why Britain Isn't Belgium

Dr Chris Allen | Posted 23.03.2016 | UK
Dr Chris Allen

I do believe in today's Britain more people are beginning to understand that those wanting to divide us are not only a tiny minority but more importantly, are not the same as the vast majority of British Muslims. If you want evidence of this, remind yourself of the uniquely British put down, 'you ain't no Muslim bruv'.

Walking for Water in India

Cerys Matthews | Posted 22.03.2016 | UK Entertainment
Cerys Matthews

Today is World Water Day and this morning over 650million people around the world woke up with no clean water. That's one in ten people. Forced to drink, cook and wash with dirty water, people are at risk of getting sick and missing vital days of work and education, trapped in a cycle of poverty. Last month WaterAid invited me to travel to India with my 12-year-old daughter Glenys to see the situation for myself. I visited Sanabenakudi, a remote village in east India, to understand what everyday life is like for people living without access to safe water...

Ethiopia Drought - Why It's Different This Time

Mark Goldring | Posted 18.03.2016 | UK
Mark Goldring

Most of us remember the image of thousands of Ethiopians starving during the famine of 1984/85, the luckier ones seemingly fed only by the power of the Western media to incite compassion and belated action from international agencies. On a recent visit to the country, I heard how the weather conditions now are as bad as during that terrible disaster...

This Russian 'Withdrawal' From Syria Is No Victory for the West

Guy Verhofstadt | Posted 17.03.2016 | UK Politics
Guy Verhofstadt

It's time European nations woke up to the fact that our neighbourhood, once a ring of stability and security, is increasingly contested by a resurgent Russia; a nation led by a man who only respects brute strength.

The Eerie 5th Floor Of A Pyongyang Hotel Captivating Foolhardy Foreigners

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 16.03.2016 | UK

A hidden fifth floor at one of North Korea's leading tourist hotels is captivating foreigners - and encouraging some to risk breaking the country's st...

8 Incredibly Awkward Tourist Faux Pas Guaranteed To Anger The Locals

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 16.03.2016 | UK

Travelling abroad can be fraught with complications stemming from customs and cultures quite different from our own. From etiquette errors to hand sig...

Peacebuilding in Ukraine

Larisa Sotieva | Posted 16.03.2016 | UK
Larisa Sotieva

When discussing International Alert's work in conflict regions with colleagues, associates, donors, etc., I sometimes feel that we understand each oth...

Haunting Lonely Planet And Rough Guide Reviews Reveal Speed Of Syria's Downfall

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 15.03.2016 | UK

The fifth anniversary of the Syrian civil war has highlighted how quickly a once stable economy and illustrious tourist destination has become one of ...

Syria, Five Years On: Building Peace in the Midst of War

Harriet Lamb | Posted 15.03.2016 | UK
Harriet Lamb

Today, 15 March, marks five years since the absolutely brutal civil war erupted, leaving Syria a broken and divided country. The figures are shocking: Some 6.6 million people are internally displaced within Syria, and 4.6million have fled, mostly living in neighbouring countries such as Turkey, Lebanon or Jordan.

The Road to Damascus

Rachel Lees | Posted 14.03.2016 | UK
Rachel Lees

I never made it to Damascus to finish my studies and graduate... The terrifying war that had erupted since I started meant that there was no way I could guarantee what would happen if I made the ten-hour journey from my home town back to the capital.

Five Years of War and Heartbreak: Why We All Must Do More to Keep Syria's Children Safe

Michael Sheen | Posted 14.03.2016 | UK
Michael Sheen

Five years, for any child, feels like a lifetime. For the millions of Syrian children whose lives have been turned upside down by the conflict, these last five years must have felt even longer than that. The conflict in Syria has now raged for half a decade, and in this time the millions of children affected have had to deal with more suffering and heartbreak than most of us will ever experience. The conflict has placed millions of children in terrible danger, and sadly a real end to the turmoil still seems a distant prospect. More than eight million Syrian children are now in urgent need of humanitarian aid in what is the greatest humanitarian crisis since World War II.

Time for Ireland to Change Its Abortion Laws

Kate Allen | Posted 22.04.2016 | UK
Kate Allen

Clearly, Irish law is massively out of step with majority opinion. So, what if the Irish government offered the chance to vote on this in the same way they did with same sex marriage? If these poll results are anything to go by, then the current Irish abortion laws would be torn up and thrown into the rubbish bin, where they belong. At the root of all of this is the basic human right to control and make decisions about one's own body. Whichever party, or coalition, governs Ireland following recent elections, one thing is clear: amending the abortion laws in that country must be the absolute first priority.

The Huge Tribute To Tragic Aylan Kurdi Hoping To Make People Think Twice About Refugees

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 11.03.2016 | UK

A huge artwork of tragic Syrian toddler Aylan Kurdi has been painted in Frankfurt to act as a poignant reminder of the plight of refugees. Thousands o...

Meet Maya, Mamma to Thousands of Refugees in Calais' Jungle Camp

Jaz O'Hara | Posted 11.03.2016 | UK
Jaz O'Hara

Maya showed me that any of us can be a refugee at some point in our lives. Any of us can lose everything we have, leave behind everything we know, suffer loss, face obstacles, experience struggle. But as long as we come together in support of one another, love and humanity will prevail.

For Peace in Syria, Arbitrary Detention Must End

Gareth Bayley | Posted 08.03.2016 | UK
Gareth Bayley

In Syria, massive and systematic violence continues to take place out of sight, in centres of detention away from the war's frontlines. The release of arbitrarily held detainees, including women and children, would be an opportunity to signal a desire to change the status quo and to demonstrate a real willingness to solve the conflict politically.

How I'm Helping Sex Workers Receive Education in a Safe, Judgement-Free Environment

Shamelle Rice | Posted 08.03.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Shamelle Rice

In Barbados prostitution is illegal and very taboo, but I discovered that women in the sex work community wanted services and programmes that catered specifically to them as they transitioned out of the work...

The World Cannot Afford to Wait to Change Pace on Girls' and Women's Rights

Justine Greening | Posted 08.03.2016 | UK Politics
Justine Greening

Quite simply, no country can develop if it leaves half of its population behind. Investing in girls' education, reproductive health, women's economic empowerment and tackling violence is one of the best strategies for eradicating poverty and boosting economies - including our own in the UK.

International Women's Day: How Can We Create Gender Equality by 2030?

Shahida Rahman | Posted 08.03.2016 | UK
Shahida Rahman

Today we will celebrate International Women's Day. The theme this year sets us a challenge as well as a deadline. Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up Fo...

Five Women Killed Every Hour - Why We Need to Speak Out on Domestic Violence

Sarah Carson | Posted 07.03.2016 | UK
Sarah Carson

Violence against women is a global issue, a violation of a woman's fundamental human rights and one which threatens the lives of millions of women every day, with women living in poverty often at greater risk.

Five Years on From the Uprising, the UK Is Still Fuelling Oppression in Bahrain

Andrew Smith | Posted 06.03.2016 | UK Politics
Andrew Smith

Last month made it five years since activists across Bahrain rose up against the authoritarian Al-Khalifa regime. Their protests followed the Arab Spring movements that had taken off across the Middle East and represented a peaceful call for human rights and democracy.

Doing Our Best to Bring Help and Hope to Mums Struggling to Put Food on the Table

Daphine Aikens | Posted 04.03.2016 | UK
Daphine Aikens

Our role at the foodbank is simply to serve - to provide food and support, and to be a listening ear at a time of crisis. Many of our volunteers are mothers - with children from newborn to adult. They understand the role of mothers, both the privilege and the burden that comes with it.