The Human Impact

Fernanda’s story: The dark side of the Guatemalan baby trade

April 15, 2012

“Finding Fernanda: Two Mothers, One Child and a Cross-Border Search for Truth (Cathexis Press 2011).” It is journalist Erin Siegal’s chronicle of the terrible personal cost to two families ensnared in the corruption and human trafficking that fueled the Guatemala’s booming adoption industry until 2008.

Insecurity hinders aid distribution in northern Mali

April 12, 2012

As Mali tries to restore order after the recent coup, a key challenge for the interim civilian government will be getting aid to people as the country verges on a humanitarian disaster.

New MSF emergency health clinic in Haiti an “advance”

April 10, 2012

Medical aid charity Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) has opened a new emergency health referral centre in Haiti, which will celebrate its official launch on Wednesday in conjunction with Haiti’s health ministry.

Trafficking: When women are brutalised as “assets”

April 10, 2012

Last month I was writing on an “asset” widely traded globally: Women.

Sri Lanka’s war-traumatised at risk as aid group leaves?

April 5, 2012

It was with a heavy heart I read the press release this morning.

A desperately needed aid programme run by the charity Medecins Sans Frontiers (MSF) – in English, Doctors without Borders – in Sri Lanka’s war-torn north has shut down after only 18 months of operation.

Not enough focus on child soldiers in “Kony 2012″ -War Child

April 5, 2012

The focus of a film calling for the capture of Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony should have been on helping child victims instead, Amanda Weisbaum of non-governmental organisation War Child UK said on Wednesday.

Invest in women in conflict zones to promote change

April 3, 2012

Where would you put your money as an investor? A leading campaigner against gender-based violence says there is only one answer – invest it in women in conflict zones.

“No choice” for Afghan girls brought up as boys

April 2, 2012

In Afghanistan’s largely conservative, male-dominated society, a son is often viewed as a family’s most valuable resource.

“Rampant feminist” Cindy Gallop tackles love, sex, porn

April 2, 2012

Easy access to hardcore pornography on the Web and a general lack of sex education for youth is changing attitudes about lovemaking, according to entrepreneur Cindy Gallop.

Epidemiologist uses film in fight against S.Africa gold-mine TB

March 30, 2012

Jonathan Smith is trying to fight disease with facts, figures and – emotion.

Smith is using data-driven research as the basis for a documentary film he hopes will raise awareness about the plight of migrant workers in South African gold mines who, according to a 2011 report published in the American Journal of Public Health, contract tuberculosis (TB) at a rate 10 times higher than the populations from which they come.