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In photos: Israel’s war on nonviolent resistance in Hebron

Published on May 9, 2016: The Electronic Intifada Despite frequent arrests, attacks, intimidation and unrelenting efforts to sabotage his work, internationally recognised human rights defender Issa Amro is committed to peaceful resistance against the Israeli occupation in his native West Bank city of Hebron. Inspired by the work of Martin Luther King, Mahatma Ghandi and Nelson Mandela,...

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Photos: Why I fell in love with Wyoming

As summer approaches, I have to resist the urge to shake the dust off my cowboy hat, pull on my cowboy boots and jet off to the American West. I'm often asked about my experience working as a horse wrangler in the US state of Wyoming, so I decided to indulge in some visual reminiscing and share some of my favourite images from the place that captured my heart. My love of horses is something that...

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Photos: Refugees forced to relocate in Calais ‘Jungle’

CALAIS, FRANCE - JANUARY 2016: Refuges in the Calais refugee camp known as the 'jungle' have been given a deadline to move their shelters and tents 100 metres away from the motorway, forcing them to relocate to a different part of the camp. The French authorities want to reduce the size of the camp and create a buffer zone between the boundary of the camp and the motorway for what they describe...

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Mozambique Horse Safari: A working holiday on an island paradise

With a cold beer in one hand and a map in the other, I sat at the idyllic Baobab Backpackers beach bar planning my onward journey from Mozambique to Malawi for the following day. As the sun set over the azure waters of the Bazaruto Archipelago, I began to question whether I was really ready to leave the paradise-like beaches of Vilanculos. A few days earlier, my friend Alice and I had travelled...

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The last scarf factory in Palestine

The Hirbawi Textile Factory is the last and only kufiya factory in Palestine. Located in Hebron, the largest Palestinian city in the West Bank, the factory produces original Kufiya, the iconic patterned scarf that has become a symbol of the Palestinian struggle for freedom and justice.                                  

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Rani Burnat: Resisting injustice despite disability

"I live in a wheelchair, but it does not limit me from saying NO to the occupation, saying NO to oppression, and saying NO to injustice, slavery and bloodshed. I continue to say YES to peace, freedom, liberty and independence. I still participate in the protests we organize with Israeli and foreign activists who come to express solidarity with us. We protest against the racist wall, land confiscation...

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Hit and Run in Hebron

June 21, 2015 - The chilling sound of a child's terrified scream echoed through the deserted streets of the old city of Hebron, the area of the Palestinian city controlled by Israeli forces, known locally as 'Ghost Town'. A crowd of people gathered around a young Palestinian boy who sat on the ground crying, his face splattered with blood, his shoes torn from his bruised and bloody feet. Moments...

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Residents of West Bank village brace themselves for imminent demolition

First published online at the Institute for Middle East Understanding. Following a ruling by Israel’s High Court of Justice on May 15, 2015, granting the Israeli military permission to demolish the entire village of Susiya and expel its residents to Area A of the Occupied Palestinian Territories, the people of Susiya prepare for the imminent destruction of their homes. After years of threats,...

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New Fundraising Campaign: Help build a community centre in Ghana for women living with HIV/AIDS

Following the success of the Ghana Beds Project, I'm now launching my next fundraising campaign to build a community development centre for women in Ghana living with HIV/AIDS. In support of the work of community-based organisation Kaleo Area Women's Development Association (KAWDA), the centre will be a place where women and children living with HIV/AIDS can meet regularly for support meetings,...

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Ghana Beds Project: The Delivery

I'm delighted to announce that the Ghana Beds Project is complete! In January 2014, my friend Alice and I travelled to Ghana to carry out the final phase of the Ghana Beds project: buying and delivering the mattresses. An enormous thank you to everyone who supported the campaign; your money has really made a huge difference to the lives of many Ghanaian women and children who are beneficiaries of the project....

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