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Panos London Newsletter
May 2012

Change comes when people break their silence. So says the inspirational activist and Panos blogger Bhan Sahu. She’s one reason why this month’s newsletter focuses on people who speak out in an effort to change their lives. From South America, we look back on a year of protests in Chile and hear how Mexico is cracking down on the murders of journalists and humanitarian workers. We look at how oral testimonies and citizen journalism are helping to share marginalised voices. From Mali, you can read how legislation will affect women’s rights and the recent rebellion in the North. We are also proud to announce that the Climate Change Media Partnership is looking to sponsor journalists from developing countries to attend the COP18 climate talks in Qatar this November.

Looking back on Chile’s year of protests

João Paulo Charleaux followed the struggle of the Chilean students, covering their demonstrations, arrests, parties and endless rounds of negotiation with the government.

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TV journalist reporting from a crime scene. Ciudad Juarez is the most violent city in Mexico, and the epicentre of the war on drugs. In 2008, 2,000 people were murdered, an average of 5.5 murders a day - Teun Voeten | Panos Pictures

Mexican law aims to halt journalist killings

Mexico is one of the most dangerous places in the world to be a journalist today. Siobhan talks to Peace Brigades International about the new law to protect human rights defenders and journalists.

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A woman wearing a white burqa holds a rose to her nose at a street market in Khwaja-Bahauddin - Yannis Kontos | Polaris | Panos Pictures

Afghan theatre of war comes to the stage

Emotional trauma is perhaps the single largest unreported fallout of Afghanistan’s brutal wars. This interactive theatre project aims to help the survivors cope with violence, even when facing social restrictions.

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The most dramatic way to see the extent of deforestation in the Amazon rainforest is from the air - Eduardo Martino | Panos Pictures

CCMP Fellowship programme 2012 is open for applications

The Climate Change Media Partnership (CCMP) is proud to announce the launch of a Fellowship programme to send journalists to the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Doha (COP18) in late 2012.

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Bhan recording a woman's story - Stella Paul | Panos London

Change comes when we break the silence

Citizen journalism and knowledge-sharing can make an impact, and Bhan’s work shows it. She blogs about helping people in remote, conflict-affected areas in India to use the internet and mobile phones to make themselves heard.

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Lipholo Bosielo, one of the narrators in the Molika-liko valley - Kitty Warnock | Panos London

The human cost of displacement

Olivia Bennett talks about her recent publication, Displaced: The Human Cost of Development and Resettlement, based on learning and oral testimonies from a Panos London project.

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Armed Tuareg man herding sheep in this remote and insecure area north of Gao - Crispin Hughes | Panos Pictures

Mali rebellion stirs fear in rural villages

As rebel groups in Mali combine to declare an independent Sharia state in the country’s north, Kaidia voices her fears about her future in the south of Mali.

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Kaidia holds some néré pods - Soumaila T Diarra | Panos London

When people starve they do things they know are bad for them

Kaidia tells us how starvation is causing her community to resort to cutting down trees for firewood – even though people know they are risking long-term environmental damage.

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A meeting of the Telengana Mahila Mahajena Samakhya (All Dalit Women’s Association of Telengana) - Stella Paul | Panos London

Being jailed made me into a leader

Looking back at how she became the activist she is today, Mary Madiga is proud to be a Dalit – ‘people who are broken in body, but not in spirit’.

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Farima Samake, a widow from Gwelekoro village in Mali, pictured with her family. She believes education gives women more choices in life - Andrew Esiebo | Panos London

Blow to women’s rights in Mali

A new ‘Family Code’, passed earlier this year in Mali, has dashed hopes of increasing women’s rights in the strongly patriarchal West African country

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