Archive | September, 2014
24 Sep

Unsung Heroes: People Shining a Light in a Sometimes Dark World



Maureen Duffy has spent 4 months in Chad working for ChildFund New Zealand as an aid worker, helping women and children driven out by the conflict, which has killed 300,000 people and left two million homeless in three years.

“Though the horrors resulting from civil war in Darfur have gained international attention, the plight of refugees forced to flee to neighbouring Chad is as dire. The conditions in Chad’s refugee camps were unpleasant and the hygiene poor. The camps are an array of mud-brick buildings and tents. The weather is dusty and hot and there’s little for people to do.

Most of the 200000 refugees were women and children. The men had been killed or recruited by rebels fighting Sudanese Government forces.

The women faced constant danger. They get raped and beaten up when they get firewood. When they get raped…

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Daniel Pearl Foundation

23 Sep

I (We) Must Not Hate!

Journalism, Music and Dialogue Make a difference

Promotes cross-cultural understanding through journalism and music. Provides overviews of current initiatives, projects, and events along with organization

building bridges

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“Terrorism has no borders”

23 Sep

July 7 bombings: why my life is better since the attacks

20 Sep

Unsung Heroes: People Shining a Light in a Sometimes Dark World

July 7 bombings: why my life is better since the attacks
Martine Wright, who lost her legs five years ago in the London terror attacks, talks to Gareth A Davies about having a baby – and setting her sights on the Paralympics
By Gareth A Davies
Published: 6:06PM BST 26 Jun 2010
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Tags: Heroes, Martine Wright, Inspiration, London bombings, Telegraph Group Ltd, Gareth A Davies

Martine Wright: ‘I used to wear skirts. Now I?ve lost both knees, I can’t wear a heel’ Photo: David Rose
“The last thing I remember at work the day before the bomb,” recalls Paralympic hopeful Martine Wright, “was jumping up and down with my colleagues because London had won the bid for the Games.”
The following morning – July 7, 2005 – Martine found herself sitting near Shehzad Tanweer, the suicide bomber on the Aldgate train. “I was 20 minutes late getting…

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Koreans urged to reject suspicion, forge peace

18 Sep

Together...Let's Break (Tear) Down Walls (Barriers) and Build Bridges of Understanding

Pope leaves South Korea after urging peace
4:25 AM Tuesday Aug 19, 2014
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SEOUL, South Korea (AP) Pope Francis wrapped up his first trip to Asia on Monday by challenging Koreans from the North and the South to reject the “mindset of suspicion and confrontation” that clouds their relations and find new ways to forge peace on the war-divided peninsula.
Before boarding a plane back to Rome, the pope held a Mass of reconciliation at Seoul’s main cathedral, attended by South Korean President Park Geun-hye as well as some North Korean defectors. It was the final event of a five-day trip that confirmed the importance of Asia for this papacy and for the Catholic Church as a whole, given the church is young and growing…

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HIV Campaigner Freed From Jail

18 Sep

Unsung Heroes: People Shining a Light in a Sometimes Dark World

Campaigner Freed From Jail

releases jailed HIV doctor: family source

By Kerry
Sheridan (AFP) – Aug 28, 2011


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words): HIV , Aids, Arash Alaei, Iran, Kerry Sheridan (AFP)

— Iranian HIV doctor Arash Alaei has been released from jail in Tehran after
spending more than three years behind bars for allegedly conspiring against the
regime, his US-based brother said Monday.

got released today,” Kamiar Alaei told AFP in an email. “He was among
100 Iranian political prisoners who got a pardon today due to the coming end of
the Ramadan religious holiday, Eid al-Fitr.”

also posted on a statement on his Facebook page, thanking his friends,
colleagues and family for their “tireless help and support.”

The two
brothers were arrested in June 2008 and accused of communicating with the
United States in a bid to unseat the regime of Iranian President…

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17 Sep

Unsung Heroes: People Shining a Light in a Sometimes Dark World


by Simon Scott

Tags (key words): Burma,

Aung San Suu Kyi , Simon Scott, New Zealand Herald, hope

Pro-democracy leader, Aung San Suu Kyi talks to the Herald about the future of Burma, her family and why Kiwis can make a difference.


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Political leaders much talked about in their own time are, with a few notable exceptions, largely forgotten by history.

Their influence and fame begin to expire as soon as their hold on power does and often their lives never seem to live up to their words.

They frequently become just a name in a book on a library shelf, a paragraph, perhaps, in a student’s history notes or the answer to a tricky question at a pub quiz night.

Aung San Suu Kyi, on the other hand, seems destined to outlive her time.

More than just…

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