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A Sounder Sleep for Children in Eastern Europe: a match through Global Hand

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After the fall of Romania's communist government, the world’s press got its first look at the horrendous conditions that Romanian orphans had been living in. Lack of basic care and attention left many of the children despondent, uncommunicative and emotionally crippled.

Restaurants Help Romanian Orphans

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After the execution in 1989 of the Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceauşescu and the corresponding fall of the communist government, the world’s press got its first look at the horrendous conditions that Romanian orphans had been living in. Lack of basic care and attention left many of the children...

Romania's orphans: Where are they now?

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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

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“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?

Hunger, the Silent Killer

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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.

Sierra Leone: Aftermath of the blood bath

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

Legacy of Chernobyl: Radiation’s long fingered reach

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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.

Uprooted and forgotten: The atrocities nobody cared about

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For twenty years the world stood by with little interest as civil war wrought wanton destruction on Uganda. Why, then, would anyone care now that peace has finally been negotiated?