A Lunch Time Talk With The Kenyan Pastoralist Journalist Network,

Photo: Abjata Khalif speaking at the AFRI hedge school in 2011. Copyrighted to Derek Spiers. Click photo for more. Abjata Khalif, development worker, journalist and human rights activist, is visiting Ireland as part of a partnership with Afri (Action from Ireland). Abjata is founding member and chair of the Kenyan Pastoralist Journalist Network, a community media organisation that uses media for peace building. His

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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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Coming Home Handbook!

As someone who works with volunteers, you will already have skills and experience that are incredibly valuable, and this handbook intends to enhance and ‘add value’ to the work you are already doing. As all volunteers are unique with their own needs and interests, and likewise as each Volunteer Sending Agency is unique as an organisation as well as the specific nature of volunteer

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Documentaries on Palestine/Israel

The conflict between Israel and Palestine has produced countless books, articles and documentaries. Ahead of our #FirstWedsDebates on the topic, here is a selection of some documentaries that explore different facets of the conflict. Peace, Propaganda, and the Promise Land is a documentary about media bias. It provides a comparison of US and international media coverage of the conflict, and how distortions in the

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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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