Stories from a village terrorised by Boko Haram


The attacks of Islamist group Boko Haram continue in northeastern Nigeria and the government seems unable to stop them. Our Observer returned to his home state and was shocked to see scores of soldiers and refugees and to hear firsthand of the terror experienced by his family and friends. Read more...
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‘White helmets’, the Syrian men and women braving bombs to save lives


In Syria, they’re known as the Syrian Civil Defense. Elsewhere, they’re called the “white helmets”, which is what they wear during their rescue operations. For almost two years now, these volunteers have been saving lives day in and day out in areas bombarded by the Syrian regime. Read more…
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German neo-Nazis tricked into fundraising for anti-Nazi charity

Neo-Nazis hold a parade celebrating the life of Rudolf Hess, Adolf Hitler’s right hand man every year in the German town of Wunsiedel. However, the 10,000 residents of this Bavarian town are not happy hosts. Angry and embarrassed by this annual gathering, the townspeople decided that this year they’d turn the tables on the extremists. They launched a charity campaign whereby with every step the neo-Nazis marchers took they would unwittingly raise money for an NGO dedicated to fighting the extreme right. Read more...

Stateless children deprived of education in Kuwait


In Kuwait, the right to education is not guaranteed for everyone. Authorities in this Gulf State have prohibited about a thousand children from enrolling in school this year. These children are Bidoon, a community to whom the state refuses to grant nationality. For weeks, parents have been protesting in Kuwait City. Read more...
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From Syria to Europe: A human trafficker’s tale


One of our Observers in Turkey was able to secretly record a conversation in which a human smuggler describes his work. In the recording, the man goes into detail about how he gets Syrians to Europe – detailing the dangers and the cost. Read more…
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Video of Syrian boy saving a little girl is a fake


The video “Syrian hero boy rescues girl” set social networks alight last week, with its footage of a boy rescuing a little girl from heavy sniper fire. Yet there was a glitch: it was a fake created by a Norwegian filmmaker, who purposefully left viewers in the dark over the origin of his film. Read more...
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‘My favela was safer when it was ruled by gangs’


Violence is part of the daily lives of the residents of Rocinha, one of Rio de Janeiro’s largest favelas, or slums. Our Observer says that the government’s widely touted ‘peacekeeping’ operation is far from a success three years after its launch in 2011, adding that the neighbourhood is plagued by shootings and robberies. She goes so far as to say that the favela was safer when it was ruled by gangs. Read more...

Street style in China: Students snap photos of stylish peers

Street fashion photography isn’t just for the sidewalks of Paris, New York, Milan or Tokyo. That may be where the biggest street style bloggers, like The Sartorialist, got their start. But the trend is now catching on outside of traditional fashion capitals – for example in Wuhan, China. Read more...

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Anti-Ebola kits sold on black market in Guinea


Over the past few months, the fruit and clothes sold at Conakry’s Madina market have been joined by health kits, chlorine, bedpans and gloves, to help protect against the Ebola virus gripping the country. But if you take a closer look, you’ll see that the products that end up on the market are those that are normally distributed by NGOs, free of charge, to those most in need. Read more...

A rare glimpse into foreign maids’ lives in Singapore

Singapore’s more than 220,000 domestic workers don’t have an easy job. Far from their families and their homes – most hail from the Philippines, Indonesia, or Burma – they face long work days, little legal protection, and, sometimes, abuse at the hands of their employers. Many of them speak of feeling invisible in Singaporean society. A small group of them, however, are trying to change that by delving into photography as a way to show life from their vantage point. Read more...

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