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A resident of Yarmouk

Whilst it seems that there’s been a huge spike in awareness due to the impact the current refugee crisis is having on Europe and America, there have been displaced peoples throughout human history. Since the end of World War II, Africa and the Middle East have been particularly badly hit. This is due to a …

Within every freedom movement or organisation there are a number of diverse and unique actors, propelled by their own histories, beliefs and experiences. These groups rely on an act. An act of courage. A decision to make a difference. Resistance takes many forms, both with words and deeds, but once that decision has been made …

A Yanomami

The Amazon Rainforest is a vital carbon sink and plays a key role in slowing down climate change across the world. According to the World Wildlife Federation (WWF), over 43 million hectares of forest cover has been lost between 2004 and 2017. This rate has accelerated since the Jair Bolsonaro came to power in Brazil …

Amin being interviewed

Throughout the current ‘refugee crisis’, which has seemingly been classed as such because it impacts on Europe, the narrative has tended to focus on generalisations. There’s an obvious reason for this, but it’s easy to forget that behind every story is a human being. A person with their own set of unique circumstances and family …

A wolf patrol volunteer with camera

According to the US Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) there are roughly 15 million people taking part in hunting in America. Whilst its popularity is on the wane, this differs markedly between urban and rural areas. The US is a nation who love their guns and their right to wave them around in public. With …

For many, Kauaʻi is like paradise on Earth. The Hawaiian island is often referred to as the ‘Garden Isle’ due to the lush tropical rainforest which covers much of its surface. Its breathtaking beauty has made it a popular destination for the rich and famous. Not to mention the many Hollywood films which have been …

Arjun and his four wives

When you mention the word ‘documentary’ to most people their first response is often to think you’re talking about some investigative TV programme. As a genre, evidenced by the fact it’s actually categorised as such, it’s much maligned and misunderstood. What many fail to understand is the wide range and breadth of what falls within …

Alli enjoying a lobster soup

Until relatively recently, life in the small coastal town of Grindavík on the southern peninsula of Iceland solely revolved around the fishing industry. To a large extent, this remains the same, but the introduction of quotas and its proximity to the major tourist attractions of Blue Lagoon and the Bridge Between Continents have slowly changed …

An islander

The Soviet Union spanned a vast area of Northern Eurasia, comprised of a number of nominal ‘republics’ and comprising countless different races, ethnicities and religions. Its dissolution sent much of the remaining Russia into chaos. Whilst order was (eventually) restored to almost all the country, inevitably some places fell between the cracks. That is the …

Protester carrying a Belarus flag in-front of the police

Despite campaigning on an independent platform, Alexander Lukashenko soon showed his true colours after his became the first democratically elected president of Belarus. One of his first major actions was to cement ties with Russia and twenty-six years later he’s often referred to as the last dictator in Europe. As you can probably imagine, his …