Srebrenica - Summarising the Srebrenica Massacre


When the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina declared independence from Yugoslavia in 1991, this ensued conflict between Bosnian Serbs and Bosniaks (Bosnian Muslims) to gain territorial control. The Srebrenica massacre was the second biggest account of mass murder in Europe since World War 2. In July 1995, despite being announced as a UN safe zone, Srebrenica was sieged by the Bosnian Serb forces under the command of Republike Srpska’s (the self-proclaimed Serbian republic in Bosnia) General Mladić.

What’s happening in Assam?


On the 30th July, the final draft of The National Register of Citizens was published, excluding four million people from citizenship. 
Targeting the weakest members of religious and linguistic minorities, we can assume that, ‘despairingly called Miyas, Muslims of East Bengal origin are the most exposed to danger’. 

India's Ethnic Cleansing


We must act now, together, in numbers, before India renders millions of people non-citizens creating yet another refugee crisis the subcontinent cannot handle. 

The Right To Work: Empowering Refugees and Host States


The word ‘refugee’ conjures up images of desolate camps and tragic, impoverished conditions. As the refugee crisis becomes increasingly pressing, concern grows about how hundreds of thousands of refugees can be housed in specialist camps and how far humanitarian aid resources will stretch. Whilst such aid plays a vital role in the short-term, the provision of aid alone cannot solve the crisis and confining refugees and asylum-seekers to camps means that they are effectively quarantined, unable to integrate into wider society. Isolating refugees in this way is damaging to both the refugees concerned and the host state, creating a cycle of dependency. The only viable way to break this cycle is to empower refugees by strengthening and enforcing the rights they have, under international law, to work within host states.

By Sophie Jane | 29 March 2016

And Europe’s humanitarian crisis


Europe is in a humanitarian crisis. We have never had so many people arrive in Europe fleeing war, repression and fear. Thousands of refugees continue to arrive at EU borders every day. More than 800’000 refugees and migrants have reached Europe so far with over 3’400 people including children having lost their lives making the journey. 

Back to nature: Combatting poverty through indigenous farming methods


As we approach the end of 2015, the year by which the UN had pledged to end poverty, it is deeply concerning to know that there are still 805 million people in the world who have inadequate food supplies, and more than 1.3 billion living in extreme poverty. With the global population set to rise by 2 billion people by 2050, world hunger is an increasingly pressing concern and the search for a solution must be a global priority. While there is no simple answer to the problem of feeding an ever-growing population, there is a great deal we can learn from studying indigenous farming methods in developing countries. Indigenous techniques may hold the key to ensuring food security and, as supporting small holder farms has been recognised as one of the quickest ways to lift over 1 billion over the poverty line, the seemingly basic techniques employed on small-scale farms warrant serious attention.

By Sophie Jane | 28 October 2015

Witnessing Resilience


For the next three months I'm taking some personal time out of Restless Beings to volunteer in Palestine with Camden Abu Dis Friendship Association (CADFA). CADFA is a grass roots organisation committed to human rights and works through establishing twinning links with Abu Dis in Palestine. CADFA promotes twinning links not as an end in itself but as an effective way to draw the human rights situation in Abu Dis to the attention of people in Camden and the wider community. During my time here I will be working with the local community centre, Al Quds University and a refugee school in Abu Dis. I have now been in Palestine for three weeks with three other volunteers; we're living and working together in a town called Abu Dis, a small suburb of East Jerusalem. Abu Dis used to be a fifteen minute drive away from East Jerusalem, home of the Dome of the Rock and the Wailing Wall, however now it takes more than an hour to get there. Why you ask- because Abu Dis has been cut off by the Apartheid Wall.

By fareeda miah | 19 April 2012

Climate Change: Bangladesh


For many of us in the industrialised countries climate change is a concern of the future, leaving the least developed countries to bear the brunt of it.

Bangladesh is one of the poorest countries in the world; it lies between the Himalayas in the north and the Bay of Bengal to the south making it prone to climate change. Almost 80% live in rural areas; agriculture is the largest producing sector in the economy with more than 45% of the labour force employed in it. With its high population density and the occurrence of extreme climate events, poverty-stricken Bangladesh is no stranger to natural disasters. The biggest and the most frequent natural disasters in Bangladesh are caused by flooding which has huge "economic and human loss". Infrastructure is underdeveloped and extreme flooding makes it difficult to build modern transportation and communication networks.

By Rothna Begum | 05 September 2011

Millennium Development Goals & Africa: Is There Any Hope?


Somalia witnessing an ever-expanding famine whilst the rest of the Horn of Africa continue to look to the skies for any form of precipitation.

And though all major newspapers have ceased to cover the devastating 'stories' seen in the drought regions, the crisis is still monumental and still harrowing.

According to the Guardian, approximately 12 million people are being affected by the drought, with 3.5 million people in Somalia alone requiring food assistance.

Despite the money raised – around $1.1 billion so far, $1.3 billion short of what the UN require for the Horn of Africa – and aid provided, carcasses of livestock, some 90% in certain areas of Somalia, are being piled up and disposed of; families are still travelling from the harsh regions of Bakool and Mogadishu, as well as the eastern borders of Ethiopia, by foot, to places other than what they left behind in the hopes of stumbling upon enough water to soak their lips.

By Nancy Kamal | 28 August 2011