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Freedom Runner

Nader was the only athlete from the Gaza Strip in Beijing | Photo credit: Tom Spender As an Olympic standard competitor, he believes that he would have given the Irish athletes a run for their money. Shane O’Connor chats to the Nadar al-Masri. Nader has been invited to compete all over the world but most of the time the Israeli and Egyptian imposed blockade

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Focus 93 Reviews and Culture

Weapon of War, Documentary film. Weapon of War is the second film in a series of three documentaries about sexual violence used systematically against women and girls.   The normalisation of sexual violence is approached from the perpetrators’ point of view in the context of the decades long conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo. This uncompromising documentary shows how a war-torn country without

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Travel In Nepal.

Eadaoin Close, a qualified primary school teacher from Portmarnock, Dublin, volunteered for five months in one of Umbrella’s girls homes and returned to Kathmandu in 2012 to become the Communications Director. A part of her assignment she managed the Volunteer Programme. Eadaoin gave us a run down on what were some of the common questions volunteers asked before they travelled overseas. What vaccinations do

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The Full Scoop

Photo: Conducting A Household Survey in Som Roung. Having graduated with a BSc International Development and Food Policy from University College Cork in 2012, Peter James Downey  wanted to use his degree for something good. Here he talks about how he got involved in volunteering. However finding a job within the development sector in Ireland is difficult. So I turned my attention abroad and found

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Step By Step

Photo: A new social media campaign called ‘Multiply’ is trying to stop violence against women in Saudi Arabia with an unusual tagline: “Hit her, I dare you.” ‘Multiply’ encourages young people of both sexes to express their anger at men who hit women. Are Saudi Arabia’s domestic violence laws a first move towards changing attitudes? Frances Reynolds took a look for Focus93. Legislation criminalising domestic

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Networked Women.

Inese Japina met up with Mary Quinlan – a founding member and the former Chair of Banúlacht. Banúlacht was a network of women working to promote awareness of the links between development issues that affect people locally and globally. They worked from a gender perspective which entailed analysing unequal effects of development on women and men. When and why was Banúlacht established? Banúlacht was established

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Sustaining Lifelong HIV Treatment in Namibia and Beyond.

Kate Mukungu worked in Namibia in 2002-2006. She describes this time as life-changing. Working in HIV and AIDS and experiencing Namibian life as a family and community member brought home the real impact of HIV and AIDS.  Here she talks about how reductions in international funding puts thousands of people at risk of losing out on their treatment. Namibia is one of four countries

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A Fresh Faced Focus

Comhlámh’s head, Mark Cumming, talks quickly about our new look Focus magazine. I love this quote by Ricardo L. Morales; “If you give me a fish you have fed me for a day. If you teach me to fish then you have fed me…….until the river is contaminated or the shoreline seized for development. But if you teach me to organize then whatever the

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Is Direct Provisions Putting Lives On Hold?

Photo: A day of action against Direct Provision Photo credit: Irish Refugee Council.   Between 1993 and 2000, the number of people seeking asylum in Ireland went from 6 a year to just fewer than 11,000 a year. Rory Halpin of SPIRASI takes a look for Focus 93. In the late 90s, as a means of dealing with the unprecedented numbers of asylum seekers, the Irish State

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