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How a drug lord became a teacher

09/20/2010 | Tia Dag | Voices from the Ground

I’ll tell you the story of one of the first children I took in here at Casa do Zezinho in 1994. His name is Marcos Lopes, and he is known as Nene. When he was 10 he was very headstrong. He would not behave in school and was bad-tempered, his father was an alcoholic and often beat…

I learnt to read at 30

09/15/2010 | Sali Samaké | Voices from the Ground

My name is Sali Samaké and I live in Tamala, one of the villages in the region of Djitoumou, in Mali. We’re proud of our past. We always refer to Djitoumou, an ancient land name, to indicate our village’s position to outsiders. I was born in Defara, a neighbouring village, but my parents no longer…

As a teacher I had a problem fitting in

09/10/2010 | Tia Dag | Voices from the Ground

I have always been a rebel. When I moved to the south of São Paulo in the 1980s, Brazil was living under military rule. I was revolted with the lack of freedom, but also with the situation of the people. I always stood for the weakest side, the ones who are marginalized and prejudiced against….

I had to prove hundreds of babies were dying

09/09/2010 | Dr Tracy Evans-Gilbert | Voices from the Ground

HIV work is my purpose. I can’t separate HIV from my personal life. It’s who I am and what I’m called to do. I always knew I wanted to be a doctor. It’s a dream I had cherished from when I was really small. As a little girl, I had a toy stethoscope. I was…

My personal turmoil inspired me

09/09/2010 | Zubaida Noor | Voices from the Ground

I first started working in development in the mid 80s when Afghan refugees started arriving in Pakistan after the Soviet invasion. I began working at the International Red Cross where I helped establish a women’s project. It was my own personal turmoil at home that inspired me to do something on my own to help…

On track or new tracks for the MDGs?

09/09/2010 | Panos London | Panos London Blog

Jon Barnes, Panos London’s Head of Governance and Globalisation Programme looks at how the Millennium Development Goals are faring in the light of recent global economic events.

The importance of communication

07/20/2010 | Panos London | Panos London Blog

Murali Shanmugavelan, head of Panos London's Information Society programme, talks briefly about the role of communication technologies and their impact on citizenship in this think piece ahead of the IAMCR's 2010 conference in Braga, Portugal.

From Sahel to New York video

02/10/2010 | Panos London | Panos London Blog

In 2009 Panos London took an exhibition of photographs and testimonies to the 17th Policy Review session of the UN Commission for Sustainable Development. This short film documents the exhibition, and the photographs, and also highlights how people responded.

A snapshot of life

05/11/2009 | Panos London | Panos London Blog

Migrants who tell their own stories defy the common labels of victim or scrounger and provide a powerful counterpoint to mainstream reporting, says Clodagh Miskelly.

It’s vital to make research public

12/04/2008 | Panos London | Panos London Blog

Research has much to say to the politicians and policy makers whose decisions affect our lives, according to Joanne Carpenter.

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