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Human traffickers pay off the police

11/01/2010 | Zubaida Noor

Another case my NGO is supporting these days involves a young girl who once worked for us. This is a really tragic case – the girl was abducted and killed by some Afghans who we suspect are linked to a human trafficking gang operating in Peshawar. Kidnapping is quite common in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province these…

The location of our shelter home was exposed

10/25/2010 | Zubaida Noor

The whole of last week was very draining for me. I had to deal with several crisis situations that have arisen around our shelter home in Peshawar for women who are victims of abuse. For a start, the location of our shelter was exposed. We’ve tried to keep it a secret from the authorities for…

Plastic bellies halt teenage pregnancies

10/21/2010 | Tia Dag

A decade ago, youngsters would start exploring sex when they were around 16 to 18 years old. Today, it is common to find kids of 13 or 14 years who have had sexual experiences or who have an active sex life that will often lead to pregnancy. It seems everything is speeding up. My granddaughter,…

My HIV research was a catalyst for action

10/19/2010 | Dr Tracy Evans-Gilbert

Research plays a crucial role in advancing HIV care, treatment and prevention. As doctors, we carry out research so that we can show it to the people who have the power to change things. Back in 1990s there were no paediatric HIV clinics in Jamaica – and there was no research on paediatric HIV in the country. I…

I’m worried one of my sons will migrate to Spain

10/13/2010 | Sali Samaké

I’m worried that one of my sons will migrate to Spain. He only talks about this project and doesn’t have any plans to do anything else. He has asked for the support of all the family to get him there. We can give him some money and our blessings for the success of his voyage….

Manipur widows stand up for their rights

10/12/2010 | Takhelchangbam Ambravati

Two days ago, I went with a colleague to visit a 24-year-old widow undergoing treatment in hospital. Her husband was killed in a shootout with the police in January this year. The police claimed that her husband was linked with the insurgents operating in the state and told the media that he had been found…

Kids leave school to pay gangs

10/06/2010 | Tia Dag

In the outskirts of São Paulo, violence is part of daily life. I have some students who have woken up with a machine gun pointed at their heads – by criminals or the police. Sometimes their parents are criminals. It is common for us to find that a student is involved with crime. Much more…

Everything depends on clean water

10/04/2010 | Sali Samaké

I work with the Agro Meteorological Assistance Programme, which teaches farmers how to adapt their farms to water shortages. The problem is that farmers no longer know when the rainy season starts exactly. Normally the rainy season starts around May and ends in October. Now it might rain few times in May, but the rainy season…

I found rice was being stolen along the way

09/29/2010 | Takhelchangbam Ambravati

Last week, my organisation ran a two-day residential workshop on lobbying and advocacy. This workshop focused on problems in Manipur, namely health, trafficking, education, conflict and the public distribution system. Most of the participants were volunteer workers, like me. Some were widows whose husbands were killed during the ongoing conflict in Manipur, some were students,…

The bleak days before HIV treatment

09/27/2010 | Dr Tracy Evans-Gilbert

When I started working in HIV peadiatric care in 1995 at the Bustamante Children’s Hospital in Kingston there was no HIV medication available in Jamaica to give to babies born HIV positive. The most we could do for the babies was treat the infections brought on by the HIV virus, manage their nutrition and try…

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