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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“We have no land, no education and little power to make decisions. So, we don’t have a voice.” In her own words, our blogger Mary Madiga explains why she has joined a movement fighting for a new state: Telangana.
For almost a year we have been following the life of Kaidia Samaké who lives in the village of Gwelekoro in Mali. With a food crisis currently sweeping the Sahel, Kaidia’s blogs trace how the annual ‘hungry season’ intensified, pushing her family and other villagers to the brink of starvation.
The London Olympics are over but the athletes’ achievements have the potential to leave a lasting legacy. Mary Kom, a flyweight boxer from Manipur in north-east India, didn’t win gold – yet her performance inspired her state and her country.
As the food crisis worsens in Mali, our blogger Kaidia Samaké fears she will not be able to fast for all of Ramadan because she does not have the nutritious food needed to to break her fast when the sun goes down each evening.
In her latest blog Bhan Sahu tells us about a non-violent civil resistance movement, inspired by Gandhi, which aims to bring about social and land reform in India.
Dadaab refugee complex in north eastern Kenya is home to nearly half a million people. Unable to leave the camps without travel permits and unable to officially work due to Kenyan employment laws, many residents have turned entrepreneur to survive.
Gul-e-Khandana, headteacher of a girls’ school in rural Pakistan, challenged the Taliban soldiers who came to destroy her school. Our journalist Rina speaks to her about the importance of educating girls.
A new government scheme that has been recently rolled out in Manipur offers rape victims a chance to apply for financial compensation. However, Ambra fears that while the scheme will help women financially it won’t help to bring them justice and that rapists will walk free.
Marcos Lopes tells his story of reform, from being the leader of a street gang to leaving that life and reaching out to help others like him.
Unexploded ordnance is a very real problem for people living in rural Kashmir. Shabir lost his brother to a discarded army shell, and has received only a very small amount in compensation for his own injuries including the loss of his leg.
Talking of her own ‘journey from victimhood to self-reliance,’ Ambra blogs about how a moment of determination was the turning point for her and her sons.
As rebel groups in Mali combine to announce an independent Sharia state after the recent Northern coup, Kaidia voices her fears about her future in the south of Mali.
Olivia Bennett talks about her recent pubication, Displaced: The Human Cost of Development and Resettlement, based on learning and oral testimonies from a Panos London project.
Looking back over 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”.
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.
João Paulo Charleaux, who was based in Chile, followed the struggle of the Chilean students, covering their demonstrations, arrests, parties and endless rounds of negotiation with the government.