Melanie Hargreaves

Press officer at Christian Aid

Melanie Smith joined Christian Aid in June 2010, and was previously a features writer at the Press Association. She has also written for publications including The Daily Mirror, Sunday Mirror, The Daily Express and The Sun, and a number of women’s magazines.

Super-Typhoon Haiyan - Two Years On

Just days after the storm hit, I was there on the ground visiting affected people with our emergency response teams. Nothing could have prepared me for what I was to witness - the warm, festering smells; the brown, damp rubble strewn as far as the eye could see; the body bags lying in the streets and the desperation in peoples' faces.
08/11/2015 19:07 GMT

Tacloban: Still the Struggle for Survival

Hundreds of twinkling candles adorned fishing boats off the shore of Tacloban on Saturday evening (8 November) during a vigil to remember the 6,000 people killed by Typhoon Haiyan a year ago.
12/11/2014 10:06 GMT

The Brazilian Guarani's Fight For Survival

The Guarani's land rights are protected - on paper - under the Brazilian constitution, but loss of territory caused by big business and urban expansion not only threatens the roofs over their heads, but disrupts the traditional Guarani relationship with the physical and spiritual world.
11/08/2014 12:55 BST

International Widows' Day: What It's Like to Be a Widow in India

More than 200 million widows live in poverty worldwide, many of them falling victim to abuse - rape, prostitution and eviction all common problems. Others are simply abandoned to a life of social isolation because of their lowly status within society. Yet their plight is often invisible, with many people unaware of the injustices taking place.
20/06/2014 15:30 BST

Philippines Peace Deal Brings Hope for Change

For more than four centuries, religious conflict has plagued the island of Mindanao in the Philippines costing in recent years some 150,000 lives, displacing two million people and destroying countless homes.
14/04/2014 10:46 BST

Global Gender Equality Must Be Addressed If We Are to Eradicate Poverty

Sandra explained that by speaking to people from other countries, she learned it is clear that we are still far from solving the problem of violence against women. It will take global commitment and hard work to change some cultural norms that are ingrained within many societies.
24/03/2014 15:14 GMT

World Radio Day: Empowering Women Through Radio

Today is World Radio Day, which celebrates radio as a way to communicate and promote access to information, freedom of expression, gender equality and women's empowerment around the world.
13/02/2014 09:35 GMT