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From hard labour to champion runner

04/25/2012 | Salam ongbi Patamo

Salam ongbi Patamo is now not just a local celebrity - Anjulika Thingnam | Panos London

Salam ongbi Patamo has always had a passion for running, but never expected to win three gold medals. She tells us about how the National Masters Athletic Championships changed her life.

We must lead Mali toward progress

04/23/2012 | Kaidia Samaké

A Mali woman listens to the radio - Andrew Esiebo | Panos London

Kaidia speaks her mind about the recent coup in Mali and reflects on what these changes could mean for the rural south of the country.

‘No alternatives’ drive HIV positive woman to sex work

04/16/2012 | Takhelchangbam Ambravati

An AIDS awareness poster hangs in a corner of Nungshi's hut - Anjulika Thingnam | Panos London

Caring for two children can be difficult in Manipur, especially when you have no means of stable income. Some women turn to the only source of income available to them. Women Action for Development has been supporting Nungshi (not her real name) to start a new life.

Amazing success for controversial school

04/11/2012 | Maimoona Shahzadi

In the hallway between classes - Carolyn Drake | Panos Pictures

Maimoona rejoices as every one of the students in her school passes their exams – a rare accomplishment that is boosting their reputation.

The chance to perform

03/30/2012 | Maimoona Shahzadi

School girls dance and sing during music lessons at St. Theresa's School - Warrick Page | Panos Pictures

Maimoona discusses how the recent Annual Day celebrations in Pakistan have brought together local families and their children.

We are fighting a deep-rooted system of exclusion

03/29/2012 | Mary Madiga

A Dalit woman reads the programme at the 2006 Vanangana conference in Chitrakoot. Vanangana, a women's group dedicated to human rights issues, receives strong support from the Dalit community - Ami Vitale | Panos Pictures

Mary Madiga blogs about how she became involved in politics and her dedication to democracy.

Parents now see the importance of education

03/23/2012 | Kaidia Samaké

Children in the village school in Gwelekoro, Mali

Kaidia Samake is on the village school management committee. She encourages children to go to school and their parents to allow them.

We need to talk about our children

03/16/2012 | Maimoona Shahzadi

Students in the village of Panchkasi walk about 5km every day to get to the nearest government primary school - Zackary Canepari | Panos Pictures

As Maimoona laments another student whose education has come to an end prematurely, she reflects on the importance of teachers and parents communicating well for the benefit of the children.

‘Mob justice’ follows rape allegation

03/14/2012 | Takhelchangbam Ambravati

A rape survivor in the Elman Peace and Human Rights Centre - Sven Torfinn | Panos Pictures

Ambra’s support group is helping a young girl who became the victim of ‘mob justice’ after a Manipur policeman’s suicide put her in the firing line.

Leadership is sometimes not an option, but a duty

03/12/2012 | Mary Madiga

Raghunathpur - Mary's village in Nalgonda district of Andhra Pradesh state in India where she became the first Dalit girl to go to school - Stella Paul | Panos London

Our new blogger Mary Madiga, who was the first Dalit girl in her community to go to school, reflects on changing religion and being educated when social stigma was pushing against her.

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First person updates from those working at the front line of poverty and injustice.

These blogs have been funded by the project Linking Southern Journalists.