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Japan: Earthquake and Tsunami


On Friday 11th March, a 9.0 earthquake occurred off the coast of Japan and caused a massive tsunami. The devastation that has occurred has caused Japan's Prime Minister to declare this the most severe crisis to hit Japan since World War II.

Global Hand Chinese translation team receive Online Volunteering Award


To mark International Volunteers Day on 4th December, the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme announced the winners of the "Online Volunteering Award 2010", honouring the 'outstanding' contributions of volunteers who work entirely over the Internet to contribute to peace and development and...

Pakistan floods - July 2010


Heavy monsoon rains at the end of July triggered massive floods that rapidly moved southwards from Pakistan’s northwest, inundating hundreds of villages and claiming more than sixteen hundred lives. More than 14 million people have been affected, with countless others missing, whilst agriculture...

Blythswood and Birchwood: Saving lives in Serbia


“They were screaming in terror, badly cut, bruised and in shock. The inside of the car was full of freezing water ….”

Romania's orphans: Where are they now?


The images shocked us all. Romania’s orphans lay in their beds, staring unblinkingly through their cot bars at cameras: victims of physical and sexual abuse, their behaviour controlled by drugs. Some were lying in their own excrement. Some were tied to their beds. All had lived a sub-human...

The saucepan and the corn flour: Ugandan atrocities leave their mark


“We knew the rebels’ message was serious: If your teacher comes to school, tell him to bring a saucepan and the students to bring corn flour.” As a former child soldier told us this story, we listened, bewildered. Why was that message ‘serious’. What did the saucepan and corn flour mean?

Sierra Leone: Aftermath of the blood bath


When the wounding is done, and you are left alone and bleeding, where can you turn in a war torn environment?

Hunger, the Silent Killer


They call it the silent killer. Hunger is responsible for more deaths per hour, per day, than any other force on the planet, war, HIV, climate change included.

Legacy of Chernobyl: Radiation’s long fingered reach


Two decades after the tragedy at Chernobyl, a tired eeriness still hovers over parts of the Ukraine, the shadow of the nuclear accident still blighting the lives of local people.

Decades of instability: The struggle in Guinea Bissau


An attempted coup was not on the plan when UK aid workers drove their humanitarian cargo half way around the world to help one of the planet’s poorest nations.