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  2. These Keepsakes Are The Only Connection Nine Refugee Children Have To Home Authors: Olivia Kestin and Gabrielle Deonath June 20, 2019 Why Global Citizens Should Care According to UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, over 70 million people around the world have been forcibly displaced from their homes, fleeing to other countries in search of safety. For those affected, including millions of children, their only hope is international intervention. Join us in asking leaders to take action here. Syrian refugee children shared the stories behind their most treasured keepsakes — the only connection they have to their homes — in a new UNICEF photo campaign, highlighting the hardships they’ve been forced to endure at a very young age. Syria’s civil war, which began as peaceful pro-democracy demonstrations, erupted into multi-sided violence in 2011 and largely revolves around political allegiance to President Bashar al-Assad. Every Syrian child has been touched by the conflict that has engulfed the country, and the crisis only continues to worsen. Pledge Now: Education Cannot Wait: Ask World Leaders to Step Up for Kids in Crisis PASA A LA ACCIÓN Last year saw the highest number of child fatalities since the conflict began, with the loss of 1,106 young lives. Today, about 2.6 million children are displaced within the country, and 2.5 million child refugees now live in camps in neighboring countries. “As the war enters its ninth year, UNICEF again reminds parties to the conflict and the global community that it is the country’s children who have suffered most and have the most to lose. Each day the conflict continues is another day stolen from their childhood,” Executive Director Henrietta Fore said in a statement earlier this year. Read More: At Least 29 Syrian Refugee Children Have Died This Winter Since the beginning of the conflict — and the dire humanitarian crisis that resulted — UNICEF has been working to help the country’s 5.5 million children in need of assistance. In the last year alone, they vaccinated 3.5 million children against polio, improved water access for 4.6 million people, provided risk education to 1.7 million people, and screened over 1.3 million children, pregnant women, and breastfeeding mothers for acute malnutrition. According to the UN children’s agency, it also provides over 44,000 Syrian child refugees in Za’atari refugee camp in Jordan with protection, education, water, sanitation and hygiene, health and nutrition services. Forced to flee their homes with their families and unable to bring many possessions with them, these photographs, small toys, and trinkets remind these nine young refugees — from some of Za'atari's 13 UNICEF Makani Centers — of home and offers them hope that they will one day return to all they had to leave behind. Image: © Christopher Herwig/UNICEF Rudaina, 11, still has her house keys from Syria. “I brought them with me because when we go back to Syria, I’m going to be the one who opens the door," Rudaina said. “My parents tell me that Syria is beautiful. I was so little that I don’t remember.” Rudaina is in fourth grade, her favorite subject is math, and she wants to be a pediatrician when she grows up. Image: © Christopher Herwig/UNICEF Omar, 11, still has his teddy bear named Ben 10. Omar lost both of his brothers in the conflict, and one of them gave him Ben 10 before he passed away. “[My brother Abdulrahman] bought it for me in the market and told me to take care of it. We used to watch the cartoon together. I still watch it now.” Omar doesn't remember much about his home in Syria. "Most of our stuff we had to leave behind but my mom packed Ben 10," he explained. "It’s so important to me. This toy is as precious to me as my own brother. I’m going to keep it forever." Image: © Christopher Herwig/UNICEF Qusai, 13, cherishes his schoolbag from when he was in the first grade in Syria. “It’s important to me because my father gave it to me as a gift and I remember him by it. Also because it is from my country," explained Qusai. Even though he is now in the sixth grade and the schoolbag is now too small for him, Qusai has no plans to give up the old bag. He says, “I will keep this schoolbag forever. I will tell my children my father gave this to me and I kept it safe for all these years to show you." Although he preferred his school in Syria, Qusai still enjoys going to school in the camp and his favorite subject is English. Image: © Christopher Herwig/UNICEF Shatha, 15, holds her favorite toy that she brought with her from Syria. “When we had to leave, I took him with me, I was thinking he would protect me. I had so many toys to choose from but he was my favorite – I played with him a lot," Shatha said. When Shatha first arrived at Za’atari she remembered how hard it was to adjust and that she always held on do her toy dog so he could make her feel protected. “My toy dog will always be with me. I’ll tell my children my whole life story and his – because it’s the same as mine," Shatha said. Image: © Christopher Herwig/UNICEF Ahmad, 12, has a key ring inscribed with his late father’s name that he inherited from him. “I barely have any memories of my dad but the few I have are very precious. My favorite memory is the time he brought us to the river for a picnic and we played in the water," Ahmad said. “If I want to remember him, I take out his key ring and look at it.” Ahmad lives with his grandmother and brother in the camp and although they don’t have much, he says that their love is enough for him. Ahmad wants to be an architect when he grows us because his father worked in construction. Read More: Half of Syria's Children Can't Return to School This Month Image: © Christopher Herwig/UNICEF Nour, 12, holds her blanket, which was a birthday present from her grandmother. “I still have feelings when I cover myself in this blanket. I feel sadness thinking about the old beautiful days in Syria. But I also feel protected and safe," Nour said, “I’m going to keep it as long as I can.” Nour wants to be a teacher when she grows up. Image: © Christopher Herwig/UNICEF Hala, 11, still has her photos from Syria and keeps them hidden in a closet so they are safe. “My favorite photo is me and my brother together. It was a Friday. My mom had dressed me nicely for Friday prayer, then we went to the market and a restaurant. After that we went to a photographer’s studio where this photo was taken,” Hala said. She takes the photos out from time to time to look at them. “I only remember the war," she explained, "Without photos, I wouldn’t know what it was like to be a kid in Syria. Because Syria is in my heart, it is my country where I was born. When I look at this photo, I remember those days again. There aren’t enough words to describe the life I see in these photos. It’s pure happiness.” Image: © Christopher Herwig/UNICEF Yara, 10, holds her doll named Farah, which was a birthday gift from her father. “It got scary in Syria... Dad said, 'Get your stuff together, we’re going,'" Yara said. “I wanted to bring that teddy bear here but my parents said no, it was too big. So I put Farah in my bag," she explained. Yara goes to school in the camp and wants to be a pharmacist when she grows up so she can give people medicine that will heal them. She wants to return to Syria. Image: © Christopher Herwig/UNICEF Iman, 13, still has her doll named Lulu. Iman's mom gave her Lulu and she feels comforted by her. “I feel safe as long as Lulu is with me. When the war started and there was shooting, I used to hug her to feel safe," Iman said. These days, having Lulu near still makes Iman feel better whenever she is afraid or sad, “I will keep Lulu forever."
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  4. CIUDADANÍA Angelina Jolie dice que tenemos la 'obligación' de ayudar a los refugiados "¿Por qué los políticos son elegidos bajo promesas de cerrar fronteras y rechazar refugiados?”. Por qué es importante para los Global Citizens Hoy hay más refugiados que en cualquier otro momento desde la Segunda Guerra Mundial. Angelina Jolie, en su calidad de Enviada Especial para la Agencia de las Naciones Unidas para los Refugiados, insta a los países a abordar las causas fundamentales del desplazamiento. Puedes unirte a nosotros para tomar medidas sobre temas relacionados aquí. No hace mucho, la mayoría de los refugiados del mundo venían de Europa. Angelina Jolie, Enviada Especial del Alto Comisionado de las Naciones Unidas para los Refugiados (ACNUR), señala este punto en un nuevo artículo para Time con motivo del Día Mundial de los Refugiados. "La distancia entre nosotros y los refugiados del pasado es más corta de lo que pensamos", dijo Jolie en su primera pieza como nueva editora colaboradora de Time. Jolie usó su plataforma para llamar la atención sobre varias crisis en todo el mundo, que han creado más refugiados que en cualquier otro momento desde la Segunda Guerra Mundial. Ella dijo que cuando se unió a la Agencia de Refugiados de la ONU hace 18 años, había 40 millones de personas desplazadas. De acuerdo con un nuevo informe de las Naciones Unidas, en 2018, había 70.8 millones de personas desplazadas, con un estimado de 37,000 personas que huían de sus hogares todos los días. Esta defensora de los derechos humanos sostiene que los líderes del mundo no están abordando de manera significativa las causas fundamentales de estas crisis. "Los estados a menudo ponen los intereses comerciales por encima de las vidas de personas inocentes afectadas por el conflicto", escribe. "Nos cansamos o desilusionamos y rechazamos nuestro esfuerzo diplomático de los países antes de que se estabilicen. Buscamos acuerdos de paz, como en Afganistán, que no tengan los derechos humanos en su núcleo. Apenas reconocemos el impacto del cambio climático como un factor importante en los conflictos y el desplazamiento". La guerra civil siria, por ejemplo, ha durado más de 8 años, en parte debido a que un estancamiento internacional ha impedido que las discusiones de paz ganen terreno. Se estima que 13 millones de sirios han sido desplazados por la guerra, y más de 400,000 personas han sido asesinadas. La ONU, mientras tanto, solo recibió el 21% de los fondos que solicitó para hacer frente a esta crisis, señala Jolie. En Venezuela, millones de personas se han visto obligadas a abandonar sus hogares en los últimos años debido a una crisis económica que ha dificultado el acceso a los alimentos, el agua, la atención médica y la educación. UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie meets with Ester Barboza, 17, who has been blind since age three and fled Venezuela with her family due to lack of medical care, in Riohacha, Colombia. Image: © Andrew McConnell/UNHCR Los conflictos de larga data en Irak y Afganistán continúan desplazando a cientos de miles de personas, y más de 1,5 millones de personas fueron desplazadas por conflictos emergentes en Etiopía en 2018, según los informes de la ONU. Como Enviada Especial del ACNUR, Jolie ha abogado constantemente por las personas desplazadas. Ha hecho campaña para mejorar la educación de los niños refugiados, hizo un llamado a los países para que traten a los refugiados venezolanos con compasión, y destaca regularmente la difícil situación de los refugiados sirios. También abogó por el fin de la guerra en Yemen, condenó el genocidio de Rohingya y está trabajando para poner fin a la violación como arma de guerra. Esta humanitaria no se ha negado a desafiar directamente a los líderes políticos, y en su último artículo de opinión, critica las políticas en los Estados Unidos que son hostiles a los refugiados. "¿Por qué los políticos son elegidos con promesas de cerrar las fronteras y rechazar a los refugiados?", escribe. "Es una ilusión pensar que cualquier país puede cerrar sus fronteras y simplemente esperar que el problema desaparezca", dice Jolie. “Necesitamos liderazgo y diplomacia efectiva. Tenemos que centrarnos en la paz a largo plazo basada en la justicia, los derechos y la responsabilidad para que los refugiados puedan regresar a sus hogares". UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie visits Rohingya refugees in Chakmarkul camp, Bangladesh. Image: © Santiago Escobar-Jaramillo/UNHCR TEMASCurrent eventsCitizenshipAngelina JolieRefugeesUNHCRWorld Refugee DayDisplaced personsrefugiadosInternally Displaced Peopledia mundial de los refugiadospersonas desplazadas
  5. By Joe McCarthy JUNE 20, 2019 GIRLS & WOMEN Women Outperform Men After Medical Schools in Japan Stop Rigging Test Scores Thousands of women could have been denied a career in medicine. Why Global CItizens Should Care Japan consistently scores among the lowest countries in the world when it comes to gender equality in the workplace, and the story of how several medical schools in Tokyo rigged test scores to favor men is a prime example why. The United Nations Global Goal 5 urges countries to promote gender equality in all facets of society. You can join us in taking action on related issues here. For more than a decade, several medical schools in Japan were systematically lowering women’s test scores for entrance exams, and now that they’ve stopped, women are outperforming men on those same tests, according to the Guardian. The outcomes expose the institutional barriers that prevent women from pursuing various careers in the country, and show how misogynistic practicesenforce the status quo of gender inequality. University officials said that they had been skewing scores because of concerns that female doctors would eventually leave the profession if they ended up getting pregnant. They also worried that male students needed a handicap because their brains needed more time to develop. After the test scandal was revealed last year, the universities ended it amid public outrage, the Guardian reports. Firme: Ayude a las mujeres de todo el mundo a través de los productos que compra PASA A LA ACCIÓN It’s possible that dozens of women were denied entry to the schools because of this practice. Last month, 20.4% of women passed the entry level exam at Tokyo Medical University, compared to 2.9% the previous year. Although women outperformed men this year, men scored better over the past seven years because of rigged results. Today, just one in five doctors in Japan are women, the lowest rate among the 36 countries in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. And when it comes to gender equality in the workplace, Japan scores abysmally across the board, according to the New York Times. Read More: 6 Frustrating Facts About How Women Are Paid Less Than Men in 2018 Japan’s gender wage-gap is at 24.5%, according to the International Monetary Fund, the third worst rate among developed countries. The gender pay gap essentially means that women can expect to earn nearly a quarter less than their male colleagues simply because of their gender. Other stats around gender in the workplace are also alarming: Women make up just 13% of managerial positions in the country. In one study by the Japan Institute for Labor Policy and Training, 30% of Japanese women said that they had experienced sexual harassment in the workplace. All told, Japan ranks 114 out 144 countries World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Index. These disparities are enforced by government policies or the lack thereof. Multiple bills designed to address gender inequality have stalled because of little support, according to Human Rights Watch. A lack of political representation could be a big reason why — just 10% of the members in Japan’s lower house are women, the Times notes. In recent years, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has launched efforts to improve female participation in the workplace, but critics say that progress has been slow to address deeply entrenched norms. Read More: Equal Pay Day: 8 Reasons Why British Women Should Still Be Really, Really Angry For example, while Japan allows new parents to take up to 14 weeks off surrounding the birth of their child, just 2-3% of men take advantage of this policy, leaving the bulk of domestic and child-rearing labor to their spouses. This in turn creates a “pregnancy penalty” gap in the workplace that puts women at a severe earnings and reputational disadvantage. When the medical school officials considered the prospect of future doctors getting pregnant, they didn’t consider how they might make the transition back into the workforce as smooth as possible. Instead, they tried to foreclose the possibility of female doctors entirely. TOPICSCurrent eventsMedicineWomen & girlsMisogynyTokyoGender inequalityDoctorSexismCareersTest scores COMMENTS
  6. Girls & WomenHealthEducationFinance & InnovationFood & HungerWater & SanitationEnvironmentCitizenship By Jackie Marchildon JUNE 20, 2019 CITIZENSHIP Canada Resettled More Refugees in 2018 Than Any Other Country: Report There were about 1.4 million refugees seeking resettlement in 2018. Why Global Citizens Should Care With more than 70 million people displaced in 2018 due to war, persecution, and conflict, a global response to refugee crises remains vital. As a Global Citizen, you can take action on some of the most pressing issues affecting refugees, ranging from gender inequality to climate change to health. Take action here. With more than 70 million people displaced around the world, Canada was officially the country to resettle the most refugees in 2018, according to a new report. The report from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) showed that Canada accepted 28,100 refugees for permanent resettlement last year, and that 18,000 refugees became Canadian citizens, meaning the country had the second-highest number of refugees to gain citizenship. In 2018, there were about 1.4 million refugees seeking resettlement, but only 92,400 were successful in doing so. Tweet Now: End Root Cause of Migration Crisis: Reunite Families and Support International Aid 1.298 / 2.500 acciones realizadas PASA A LA ACCIÓN The UN report highlights that the number of people displaced in 2018 due to war, persecution, and conflict in 2018 is at its highest since World War II. As Canada rose to the top of the list, however, the United States slipped out of first place. The US resettled 22,900 refugees in 2018 — down from 33,000 in 2017, and 97,000 in 2016. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made his position on acceptance of refugees clear in 2017 with a string of #WelcometoCanada tweets following US President Donald Trump’s travel ban, which limited the countries from which people could enter the US from. 421K people are talking about this Critics blamed these tweets for the influx of asylum seekers, which skyrocketed in 2017. But the report shows that while there was a spike in asylum seekers in 2017, these numbers are minimal in comparison to the huge numbers of refugees in 2018 found in, say, Turkey (3.7 million), or Pakistan (1.4 million), or Uganda (1.2 million). In fact, only 16% of the world’s refugees are in developed countries, according to Michael Casasola, a senior resettlement officer UNHCR in Canada. View image on Twitter 91.7K people are talking about this Twitter Ads info and privacy “The reality is the vast majority of refugees are in front-line countries,” he told the Canadian Press. “So we always have to be careful in certain discourse globally in terms of trying to present that somehow we’re inundated when other countries bear much larger responsibilities that they take on when refugees cross their border.” Canada was actually ninth in the world for asylum seekers in 2018, with 55,400 claims. “It’s disconcerting when we hear a negative narrative around refugees when, in fact, we know that Canada has been a successful model in terms of how to receive and integrate refugees,” Casasola said. “We’re always worried that refugees somehow become a punching bag during an election, or to be used as a lightning rod and such, especially when a lot of what we hear is not accurate or fact-based.” Related StoriesJune 25, 2018Canadian Immigration Organizations Prepare for Migrant Influx From US Canada has a private sponsorship program, which is how two-thirds of the country’s refugees are resettled. Casasola said that the refugees who come to Canada via private sponsorship see better results and are better integrated than government-sponsored refugees, as they are offered support from citizens and local charities. And while critics argue that refugees are a sort of economic burden, UNHCR pushes back. “It is time for us to recognize what these refugees bring to Canada, culturally and economically: they make us a stronger and more prosperous society,” said Jean-Nicolas Beuze, UNHCR representative in Canada, said in a statement. “The Canadian experience shows that welcoming refugees is a win-win. This undoubtedly provides an antidote to the too-often toxic and misleading narratives against displaced people we are hearing globally, and in Canada.” TOPICSCitizenshipCanadaUNHCRrefugee crisisasylum seekers COMMENTS
  7. How was Bethel Woods, NY as a venue? I’m seeing Yes next week there, and it’s my first time visiting the place. Was the parking ok?
  8. This is the only presale left...so in reality it isn't really changing halfway through. This limitation through sportshub also potentially illustrates why the SG show dates were released after all other presales had ended.
  9. By Imogen Calderwood JUNE 20, 2019 3 EDUCATION This Amazing Teacher Is Helping Her Refugee Students Shape Their Own Stories Through Poetry Global Citizen meets Kate Clanchy, from an Oxford school where pupils speak over 30 languages. Why Global Citizens Should Care Education is essential to reaching your potential, no matter who you are or where you've come from. Global Citizen campaigns in support of the UN's Global Goals, including campaigning to ensure that children who are refugees or migrants, or growing up in conflict zones, can access education and achieve their potential. Join the movement by taking action here to support Global Goal 4 for education. In the east of the university city of Oxford is a school, the Oxford Spires Academy. Despite its glamorous name, however, the school is a state comprehensive where students speak more than 30 languages between them. Nevertheless, and thanks in large part to the tireless dedication of one woman, the school has been putting itself on the map — through poetry. Kate Clanchy, who was born in Glasgow and grew up in Edinburgh, is the school’s writer in residence. She has spent the past decade teaching poetry to children — predominantly children from refugee and migrant backgrounds — to help them gain confidence and empower them to shape their own narratives. Tweet Now: UK Must Step Up Support For Children in Conflict and Crisis PASA A LA ACCIÓN Más información “I think it’s particularly important for migrants to tell their story and have control of their story,” she tells Global Citizen. “Their stories get taken from them when they arrive because they have to tell a version of the story when they’re entering the country. They can’t deviate from that, and I think that’s extremely hard.” “Very often they’re talking in another language, they’re in fear, and their story is being distorted in different ways,” she says. “So I think for migrants to have control of their story and to have a good way of telling their story is very important.” Oxford Spires is home to pupils from all over the world, says Clanchy, meaning that there isn’t really a “majority”. The school has many asylum seekers, she says, with “refugees from war and refugees from poverty.” View image on Twitter 48 people are talking about this Twitter Ads info and privacy But, given their disrupted and at times violent backgrounds, many of the children arrived at the school with a whole host of unspoken experiences, memories, and histories. For Clanchy, she was worried about letting the children’s experiences remain hidden, untold, and festering. “The more terrible the place they have fled, the more likely they are to have seen things that leave an awful, lingering sense of shame,” Clanchy writes, in a Long Read for the Guardian. And so she turned to poetry for a solution. When she first began teaching at the school, according to Clanchy, she had believed that speaking English as a second language would put the pupils at a disadvantage when it came to creative writing. But her first pupils surprised her, creating a series of beautiful poems that spoke heartbreakingly of the countries and homes that so many of them had left behind. Related StoriesJune 19, 201937,000 People Fled Their Homes Every Day in 2018 “I think poetry is especially important to many, many traditions,” she says, describing how many of the pupils’ cultural experiences actually enhanced rather than hindered their storytelling ability. “Poetry’s very important to Afghans, especially Afghan women. They speak poetry to each other, they play poetry games. It’s really, really important.” “So if you can give them a way of making their poems in English, telling their stories in English, or just doing it in Arabic, I think that’s a really important and helpful thing to do,” she adds. View image on Twitter 25 people are talking about this Twitter Ads info and privacy In fact, the poetry being produced by many of her pupils was of such high quality that Clanchy decided they deserved some recognition, and the opportunities that would come hand in hand with that. That’s why, in 2013, Clanchy launched a poetry group for a small number of “very quiet foreign girls”, officially named the Other Countries Poetry Group. She gathered some of the most promising poets from across the school, bringing the group together every Thursday lunchtime to talk and to write their poems. “This was girls, and they were all quite recent migrants and I was really wanting to see how far they could go,” says Clanchy. “I had a theory that recent migrants might be better poets, that they might be hearing the language differently.” Put briefly, Clanchy’s plan worked. Over the next five years, the girls in the group grew in confidence, grew in ability, and started to shape their own narratives in a way that was very soon being recognised with prizes and awards across the country. “That was a few years ago and now I do lots and lots of different groups, and what I try to do is make the groups work for the kids that are in front of me,” continues Clanchy. “But those particular girls were an early focus. They taught me a lot.” Since then, she’s been able to see her first girls flourish. One of them, says Clanchy, is now a barrister. Another got four As at A-level and is now at St Andrew’s University studying languages, English and creative writing. One of them is at Goldsmiths now on a refugee scholarship, while another is doing her final year studying politics at Reading. The other two are now studying education. “They don’t need to have poetry as a focus, they don’t need to become writers, it just gives them a different kind of confidence,” she adds. “It’s there in their lives and they read and they still write, and it’s helped them to gain confidence and change. I just think it’s something they’re entitled to have.” View image on Twitter 38 people are talking about this Twitter Ads info and privacy In 2018, pupils at Oxford Spires — led by Clanchy — published a poetry anthology entitled England: Poems From a School that was met with national acclaim. It's a portrait of England, as experienced by children who have made the country their new home. You can find out more about the creation of the anthology, and some of the poems featured in it, here. But, she highlights, there was never a “grand plan," instead the poetry, the publications, and the success is something that has just “evolved as we’ve gone along.” “It’s become a focus because we succeed and we win,” she says. “It’s like how you get schools that are very good at cricket, we’re very good at poetry.” In fact, she says, the head boy and the head girl for the past five years at the school have been competition winning, committed poets, and that’s why they’ve been named as leaders of their peers. “The school’s been through lots of different journeys, but it is very civilised, it is very lovely,” adds Clanchy. “I think it’s very important for refugee kids to come to a local school and a local school that’s welcoming,” she says. “Because the school is the community, and the school is England.” She adds: “My students come to a multicultural school which is very civilised and a kind place, and it allows them to speak, and poetry allows them to speak, and their whole education allows them to speak, and be heard, and to hear each other.” TOPICSUKBritainTeacherRefugeesMigrantsPoetryOxfordRefugees WelcomeWritingEnglishKate ClanchyPoems
  10. Today marks United Nations World Refugee Day. The 1986 Chernobyl disaster resulted in 400,000 people from the affected regions becoming the first ever environmental refugees...displaced from a land that remains too toxic to safely sustain human inhabitance. 2,000 towns and villages were deserted and bull-dozed into the ground. 7 million people’s lives were changed forever on that fateful day. 5.5 million people across Belarus, Ukraine and Western Russia - including more than a million children - continue to live in highly contaminated zones.
  11. frontpage News Kind-hearted Cork couple to give two Chernobyl kids summer of a lifetime The two siblings endured abuse and neglect in their early childhood SHARE By Daniel Keating 15:51, 19 JUN 2019 UPDATED10:54, 20 JUN 2019 NEWS Inga and her siblings now have a loving and caring home (Image: Chernobyl Children International) Two Chernobyl children will be visiting Cork this summer for some rest and recuperation. Last Christmas their stories touched the hearts of Ireland- highlighting abuse and neglect that the two siblings received in their early childhood. The mistreatment that 12-year old Inga and her 9-year old younger brother Bogdan endured led to them needing to steal food from local shops just so they could survive. 27/6/2018 A group of 145 special needs children from orphanages and homes in the Chernobyl affected regions of Belarus, flew into Shannon Airport today. Among them were Photos Liam Burke Press 22 (Image: Liam Burke Press 22) When they were found by the Irish charity - Adi Roche's Chernobyl Children International (CCI) - they had been beaten abused, malnourished. and terrified. The charity took immediate action placing the Inga and her brother in a loving home with foster parent Luda and Sergey Sobolevy. Alfie and Marcie Streete, who lead CCI’s Cork Outreach Group, felt compelled to support the children by giving them a health-boosting stay in their loving family home. “It’s heartbreaking to think about what these children have been through. We can’t undo the distress that they’ve been through…but we can help to give them very happy memories and support them to ensure that they never have to endure such hardship again. It’s all thanks to the generosity of people at our fundraisers that make this possible.” said Alfie. The CCI Cork Outreach Group fundraise year round to bring the children to Ireland in Summer and Christmas(Image: Liam Burke Press 22) Speaking ahead of the group’s arrival, Voluntary CEO of Chernobyl Children International Adi Roche said: “Our wonderful volunteers have opened their hearts and their homes to these children every summer. These are children who so desperately need our help. While the Chernobyl accident happened 33 years ago, the consequences last forever”.
  12. It is National Selfie day and we want to see your best selfies! 😎 Use those creative skills and make them sport themed. ⚽ Why not even see if you can add in the #LDWeek19hashtag! 😜 We know you know how to work that selfie game. 😉#SelfieDay
  13. On Sunday Symphonic Waves will perform a midsummer concert in Ballinasloe Town Hall, Galway. This will be an exciting milestone, marking their first public performance as a full symphony orchestra having recently recruited woodwind, brass and percussion sections. It's set to be an evening to remember!Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture Music Generation, Galway County, Galway City & Roscommon Galway and Roscommon ETB https://galway2020.ie/en/news/symphonic-waves-summer-sounds/?fbclid=IwAR2knTHSsVWjZeGFXnedeDYGetxc24YR0Qjuc8hVHMyBrICyWaHhODIsoHI
  14. Singapore - single use codes.... The story appears to have changed here. The email before the original presale said you can split across multiple shows (see below). Now today's email says one show only. It's not great that the rules change half way through?
  15. 20 cents a day is all it takes to keep someone living with HIV alive and healthy. EAT (RED) SAVE LIVES and let's #86AIDS.
  16. We have the power to make AIDS a disease of the past *if* our leaders are willing to #StepUpTheFight. Tell them to take action now: bit.ly/2WOHFIz
  17. 0 HIV/AIDS Clara: HIV shaped me, but it did not stop me 30 November 2018 5:05PM UTC | By: GUEST BLOGGER SIGN THE PLEDGE Sign the pledge: We’ll do whatever it takes to end AIDS EmailAdd your name Share on Facebook Save on Facebook Share on Twitter Share by Email Written by Clara I tested positive for HIV in 2004. I was working in a HIV counselling centre and I noticed that I was experiencing some of the same symptoms as my patients. I gathered the courage to sneak home an HIV test and tested myself, and my baby, in private. When I first discovered my HIV status, aged 25, I was worried that I might die. But I was also filled with anger, and a determination to fight back. I refused to leave my child motherless. At first, my doctor refused to put me on HIV treatment because I did not outwardly appear sick, but inside I felt I was draining away. I lost stamina to the point that I could not lift up my one-year-old daughter. I had to travel 400km to get my immune system levels tested. When the test showed how weak my immune system was, I was allowed to begin HIV treatment. HIV affects all of aspects of your life. It is not just about you, but your loved ones as well. My husband and my daughter, who are also HIV positive, both suffered from drug-resistant TB. As a wife and mother who was nursing them, I experienced the horror of dealing with this killer disease. And every time I got the flu, I thought I might be next. Social stigma and gender inequality compound the impact of HIV in Malawi. I have worked with many women whose husbands blame them for bringing HIV into the home and divorce them when they find out they are HIV positive. And even though it is now illegal, some communities still practice ‘sexual cleansing’ where a woman must have sex as a cleansing ritual after becoming a widow. I’ve faced stigma myself. When my community first found out about my status, my own neighbour would not talk to me. But when she was sick and needed help, I was the one who took her to hospital. My experience made me want to help others – to stop them from going through the same struggle. Thanks to funding from the Global Fund to fight AIDS, TB and Malaria, I have been able to access free lifesaving medicine and my life is very different than it could have been. Thanks to the medicine, I also have a second child – who is HIV negative. Now I am channelling my energies into helping others. I am the National Coordinator of International Community of Women Living with HIV, Malawi Chapter. I help others who are in similar situations to the one I was in 14 years ago. My work is about helping women living with HIV address the challenges they face in their own lives and also campaigning on national issues to make sure the Malawian Government deliver on their health commitments. My story is not just one of ill-health, but one that shows how women are taking charge of their own destinies. Working together we can create change so that my daughter, and all our daughters, will not face the same challenges that I did. YES: To win the fight against AIDS we’ll need to work together. Add your name to join us today. ONE welcomes the contributions of guest bloggers but does not necessarily endorse the views, programs, or organisations highlighted. Sign the pledge: We’ll do whatever it takes to end AIDS This World AIDS Day, we are turning our outrage into action and putting our leaders on notice: AIDS isn’t done. And neither are we. We’re committed to joining the global fight against AIDS and we’ll do what it takes to end the epidemic for good.
  18. The ticketing system here for the sports hub has a bad reputation in Singapore with several screw ups with previous gigs. Im not surprised that we have the issue with the 1 time code and being unable to select GA and RZ tickets. What I am surprised about is the fact it worked at all on Tuesday and many of us did manage to get some tickets compared to previous gigs like Coldplay etc.
  19. Dave Matthews Band killed it last night in Bethal Woods, NY. It was my first time seeing them and I would definitely see them again. Another first on the 29th of this month when I'm seeing Phish in Camden, NJ.
  20. This may be of interest-> https://www.nme.com/news/music/youtube-upgrade-large-number-old-music-videos-high-definition-2511753
  21. Well - I’m going for red zone again in the second night pre-sale. At least it is 6am this time (for U.K.) and not 3am! I’m still frazzled from all the shenanigans from Monday having to pretend to live in Singapore and taking 5 goes to finally check out (I was being my husband Brunodog that night). Hopefully should be smoother....though they might be famous last words. Good luck to everyone else going for tickets.
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