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Video: Under a Different Sky

11/07/2012 | Panos London

Yongmi Park grew up in North Korea, but now lives in the north of England with her family. In this nine minute film Mrs Park describes the circumstances leading up to her forced marriage in China, and how on escape, she was sentenced to hard labour in North Korea. This is her story of survival.

Under a Different Sky: a journey from North Korea

11/06/2012 | Panos London

Under a Different Sky is a short film that tells the story of Yongmi Park, who escaped from North Korea and now lives in the North of England with her family. Read accounts about the background of the film, including from Yongmi Park herself.

Breaking rocks to pay her school fees

11/01/2012 | Lilly Peel

Like many Liberians, Mercy Womeh missed several years of education as a result of the 14-year civil war. She is now 18 and determined to complete her final two years of schooling. To fund her education, she crushes rocks.

Mali: small steps to women’s economic empowerment

09/24/2012 | Kaidia Samaké

Women traditionally cannot own land in Mali, making it hard for rural women to earn money. Kaidia explains how the women’s association in her village helps women earn money and distributes loans.

Gender equality starts at home

09/04/2012 | Bhan Sahu

What’s the best way to engage young people in social movements and politics? Bhan Sahu explains the small steps helping to create a new generation of leaders who want to change the system from the bottom upwards.

Community gardens boost self-sufficiency in Argentina

08/31/2012 | Ana Bell

A national organic gardening scheme in Argentina has been a huge success, providing fresh fruit and vegetables to 3.3 million people across the country. With food prices rising around the globe, Ana Bell meets local gardeners in Buenos Aires to hear their stories of self-sufficiency.

Mali: rains bring hope to villagers – for now

08/29/2012 | Kaidia Samaké

So far the rains have been good and Kaidia has started planting crops for the next season. But without a bull to help plough her land she has to choose between sowing the seeds late or sowing them without ploughing.

Photo snapshot: sitting volleyball in Burundi

08/28/2012 | Lilly Peel

Sport has an important role to play in development and rehabilitation processes. To celebrate the London 2012 Paralympics, we have dug through our archives to find photographs of inspirational sportsmen and women around the world for whom disability is no barrier.

The village women who dare to bring change

08/22/2012 | Bhan Sahu

Bhan believes you can’t wait for the government to change society – change needs to start with individuals. She tells us about three ordinary women who are challenging traditions in their villages.

Children fall ill as hunger persists

08/20/2012 | Lilly Peel

In Kaidia’s latest blog she tells us that children are the worst affected by the hungry season. Malnutrition means they are more susceptible to illnesses, such as relapses of malaria, and are unable to work in the fields to sow the next season’s crops.

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