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Eyewitness

Stories from around the world showing how Christian Aid and its partners are working to bring an end to poverty.

 

Ebola in Sierra Leone: our response

Ebola virus. Photo courtesy of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), NIH, via https://www.flickr.com/photos/niaid/

We're targeting 3.8 million people across Sierra Leone with potentially life-saving advice on how to avoid contracting Ebola.

Life-saving advice

Living a positive life in Myanmar

Hkawn Raw volunteers at an HIV support centre in Myanmar

The vital role volunteers play in supporting and educating communities affected by HIV in Myanmar.

A positive life

Democratic Republic of Congo: a melting pot of conflict

A young mother holds her baby in the background and a tired-looking young girl sits in the foreground

Once a peaceful lakeside town, the town of Bweremana has become a dumping ground for rebels and soldiers. We are working with the community to fight for their rights.

Locals left hungry

From surviving to thriving in Myanmar

A woman from Myanmar feeds two pigs

Thanks to money raised in Christian Aid Week 2012 and UK Aid Match funding, mother of four Asar Mi now has a successful pig rearing business so she can provide for her family.

A brighter future

Farming pioneers: making every drop count

Pauline and Kenneth Ndlovu

When water is scarce, you have to make every drop count. That's why many communities in Africa are turning to conservation farming.

Success stories

Bolivia: taxes help mums and babies

Bolivian mother and child

Increased tax revenues from the Bolivian oil and gas industries have been used to help mums attend pre- and post-natal classes, with excellent results.

Taxes can save lives

A welcome water supply for Malawi farmers

A close up of Magalita, a mother from Malawi

Malawi farmers rely on rainfall to grow crops to feed their families. With increasingly erratic rain, we have worked with local families to build an irrigation system, providing a more secure supply of water.

Access to water

A new voice for women in Ethiopia

A young Ethiopian woman with her cattle and goat

Adi Duba is a widow and a mother of five. Living as a single widow is tough in Ethiopia, but after receiving livestock from our partner, she has gained respect in her community and can speak up for herself and for women's rights.

Living independently

Eyewitness: Bolivia floods

Bolivia floods February 2014

Christian Aid’s Cecilia Cordova gives an eyewitness account of flood-affected communities in the region of Beni where our local partner CIPCA has been working since 1997.

Eyewitness account

Sustainable solutions for Malawi rice farmers

Rice farmers in Malawi

Through savings and loans schemes, farmers like Nellie are being given the opportunity to make a secure income.

Farming support

DRC: home for Christmas at last

Benita Maombi and her children

Conflict forced Benita Maombi from her home in the Democratic Republic of Congo but now, 18 years later, she has returned to her village. Our partner, BOAD, is supporting her community to re-establish their livelihoods.

Farming support

South Sudan: new hope for a new nation

Nyanut with her baby

When the civil war came to an end, Nyanut Lual returned to her homeland in South Sudan. With the help of our partner, HARD, and her local church, she is now looking towards a brighter future.

Nyanut's story

Ethiopia: from relief to resilience

Aster Bariso and her young daughter

Life is a struggle for mother of two, Aster Bariso, 20. After a disastrous harvest in 2011, emergency food packages provided by our partner were vital to keep the most vulnerable members of her family alive.

Aster's story

Fighting disability discrimination in Bolivia

A new ramp installed in the city ETMB

A local group has seen success in its struggle to overcome some of the barriers facing people living with disabilities.

On the road to change

Safer farming practices in Ghana

Samson in his maize field

Organic farming methods are increasingly ending poor farmers' reliance on dangerous chemical pesticides, improving their health and their livelihoods.

Samson's story

Syrian refugee mother: a stranger in Iraq

Vian, a 22 year old school teacher and mother of two.

Young mother Vian, pregnant with her third child, left Syria, hopeless. Smuggled into northern Iraq, she feels like a stranger living in a country that is not her own.

Leaving Syria life behind

Ghana: Where there’s food, there’s hope

Fuseini Fatmata at school

How a school feeding programme is providing hope to the children of Gbanyamni Primary School in Ghana, but needs tax justice to feed more hungry children it has yet to reach.

Fuseini's story

Kenya: happy, healthy and living with HIV

Alice Awino

Alice Awino no longer views being HIV-positive as a death sentence. She has access to free antiretroviral drugs and a healthy diet, and is able to provide for her six children.

Can't you see I'm strong?

Brazil: women, work and equality

Alcinda Soares Ribeiro

Partner MST is not only committed to bringing about a revolution in land rights, it is also dedicated to fighting inequality between women and men.

All work is equal

Human rights in Colombia

Alirio Uribe

International support is hugely important in encouraging human rights defenders to keep working for justice for the victims of armed conflict, even putting themselves at risk of attack.

Tackling the problem

Thai-Burma border: refugee camp fire kills 36

Thai-Burma border camp fire

Christian Aid is sad to learn of the tragic deaths of 36 Burmese refugees, following a fire at Ban Mae Surin refugee camp, Mae Hong Son Province, north-west Thailand.

Close knit community

IOCC help refugee widower

Boutros and his children, Youssef and Rafah

Widower Boutros fled Syria with his two young children. Now living as refugees in Lebanon, he and his children have received emergency relief from Christian Aid's ACT Alliance sister agency, IOCC.

Aid for single father

Refugees in northern Iraq

Five Syrian refugees in northern Iraq

Madeleine McGivern, programme office at Christian Aid, reflects on her recent trip to northern Iraq where she met refugee communities who have fled Syria.

Struggling to survive

Hopes and wishes for South Sudan

Jonglei South Sudan April 2012

The people of Murle county, South Sudan, have been devastated by violence and are 'facing starvation'. A Christian Aid partner gives an eyewitness report of the situation.

South Sudan

Iraq: supporting communities 10 years on

Maeve Bateman, Middle East policy change officer at Christian Aid, reflects on her recent visit to northern Iraq and our partners' work to help rebuild communities 10 years on from the US-led invasion of the country.

Successful projects

Iraq: ten years after the invasion

Ten years on from the US-led invasion of Iraq, Middle East programme manager Phoebe Aranki-Stoves details the support Christian Aid's partners have provided to vulnerable communities in the country.

Rebuilding lives

Cambodia's great land grab: going hungry in a green and pleasant land

Cambodian farmer Yom Lay

Imagine if more than half of Britain's countryside, our 'green and pleasant land', had been bought up by private companies to grow food for export, while 40% of our children were chronically malnourished.

Land rights

Zimbabwe: Election 2013

ZPP logo

Christian Aid partner Zimbabwe Peace Project (ZPP), which monitors human rights violations and politically motivated breaches of the peace, is raided by police ahead of general elections.

Appeal for solidarity

Kenyan elections approach

Rose Mungai

Kenya's 2007 presidential election was followed by a period of violence. As new elections approach on 4 March, Christian Aid partners are monitoring the situation in potential hotspots.

Restraint urged

Training provides food for the future

Samuel Gatare feeding one of his goats

Samuel Gatare, guardian to eight children, reflects on life. Having started with a plot of land too small to provide enough food, with help from Christian Aid partner Barakabaho, he now has a two-hectare farm full of fresh produce.

Enough food for all

Challenging statelessness in Dominican Republic

Conference delegates

From 6-9 February 2013, Christian Aid and other organisations held a 'nationality, human rights and statelessness' conference to discuss issues facing Dominicans of Haitian descent.

Tackling discrimination

Ethiopian couple find love through partner group

Hadji Abdela and support group member, Nasir

Matchmaking Muslim cleric Hadji Abdela Hassen introduced Leila and Nasir at a Christian Aid partner support group in Ethiopia. They fell in love and went on to get married.

Discover the pair's story

Ethiopian self-help group means food for all

Ethiopian woman Mariama Said

Mariama Said reflects on her family's life before joining a self-help group set up by Christian Aid partner, the Women Support Association in southern Ethiopia.

Read Mariama's inspiring story

Land ownership victory for Colombian farmers in Las Pavas

Carmen Martinez

Families welcome State Institute of Rural Development rulings that their Las Pavas territory is not property of the Colombian palm companies.

Latest rulings

Victory for education campaigners in the Dominican Republic

Campaigners protest at a rally

The 4% campaign, led by Christian Aid partner Centro Bono, pays off as the Dominican government announces increase in spending on education.

Budget doubled

The scandal of inequality in Latin America and the Caribbean

12-year-old Jacqueline Gonzalez Vicente from Guatemala

Christian Aid recently launched a report called 'The Scandal of Inequality in Latin America and the Caribbean' which seeks to identify both the progress that has been made in the region, but also to expose the areas that remain and, in some cases, are becoming even more unequal.

Scandal of inequality

Success in Iraq: empowering communities

Anwar Ismail Omar, a 44-year-old farmer and campaigner from Iraq

How Anwar Ismail Omar, a 44-year-old famer from Iraq, has improved the lives of his whole community with support from Christian Aid partner REACH.

Empowering communities

El Salvador floods: a farmer's story

Farmer hit by the El Salvador floods in October 2011

When Tropical Depression 12E hit El Salvador in October 2011, rain fell constantly for more than 10 days causing the most devastating floods in the country's history.

El Salvador floods

Brazil: Olympics, sport and inequality

Brazil slums and sky scrapers

London handed the Olympic flag to Rio, the host of the 2016 games, at the Olympic closing ceremony on Sunday 12 August. But every day in Brazil, thousands of people are seeing their rights violated as a consequence of the 2016 games.

Brazil Olympics

The real Brazil: the inequality behind the statistics

Rui Barbosa on his farm, which he has named Paradise Place

Just 3% of Brazil's population own two-thirds of all arable land - the most unequal land division in the world. But Christian Aid partner MST has helped more than a million people get land of their own

Land rights

Education in Guatemala: a scandal of inequality

12-year-old Jacqueline Gonzalez Vicente from Guatemala

A huge inequality exists between communities in Guatemala and poverty has risen by 2% in the last five years. But tax reform could provide much-needed funds for education and health.

Education and health

Bolivian partner leads HIV vigil

Daniel Ruiz

Every year on 22 May, countries in Latin America hold a vigil to remember the loved ones they have lost to HIV-related illnesses. In Bolivia, our partner IDH will lead the country's response.

Vigil of remembrance

World Water Day 2012: water for crops

Guzman Alarcoa from Bolivia

Bolivia's glaciers are melting at an alarming rate and farming communities do not have enough water to grow the crops they need.

Water for crops

Jamaica: fighting HIV stigma in church

Reverend Stephen Henry stands in his church

Homophobia and ignorance about HIV mean that stigma and discrimination continue to hinder prevention and treatment.

Stigma in church

March across Bolivia: putting land rights to the test

Bolivia march

Thousands of indigenous people are marching 526km across Bolivia to protest plans to build a road cutting through indigenous land.

Read more

Zimbabwe I-stories: 20 months on

Mother and child

Young Zimbabweans move towards peaceful political involvement.

Read more

Remembering Palestinian refugees

Palestinian refugees

20 June 2011 marks the United Nations World Refugee Day, and also the launch of a new report by Christian Aid about Palestinian refugees.

Slideshow

New international convention agreed to protect domestic workers

Domestic worker in the Middle East

On 16 June 2011, the International Labour Organization (ILO) adopted a new Convention for domestic workers, fulfilling a goal that Christian Aid and our partners have been pressing for.

Campaign success

World Week for Peace in Palestine and Israel

World Week for Peace

Organise, pray and campaign for peace in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory.

World week for peace

Zimbabwe National Day of Prayer

Lilian Moyo stands with her hands together in her granary in Zimbabwe

'A call to prayer for our nation' - Christian Aid in Zimbabwe supported the church in their National Day of Prayer on Wednesday 25 May 2011.

Day of prayer

From child soldier to role model

Peter Bray child soldier

How one man's journey is a symbol of hope for South Sudan.

Educating the next generation

Refugees and HIV

Angelina Terso

Escaping the civil war in Sudan made thousands vulnerable.

Fighting stigma

Justice for the Las Pavas community

Colombia palm oil

The 123 families in Las Pavas Colombia, who were forced off their land at gunpoint two years ago, have won the legal right to return to the land.

Update

Colombian farmers return home

Body Shop

123 Colombian farmers forced off their ancestral land by riot police two years ago have returned home en masse, having lost patience with the legal process.

Read more

Two wings of the same bird: Building relations between Dominicans and Haitians

Market traders cross the river for a bi-national market on the Haiti/Dominican border.

Dominican Republic and Haiti are both situated on the island of Hispaniola. However, as neighbours their shared history over recent decades has been one of bloodshed and mistrust.

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Afghanistan’s women: an education

Afghanistan Woman Blackboard

Women and girls in Afghanistan, famously banned from education or leaving the house alone under the Taliban, are still among the poorest and most marginalised human beings on the planet.

Find out more

Blessed are the Peacemakers – Parents’ Circle Families’ Forum

Parents circle

Parents’ Circle Families’ Forum is a group of Israelis and Palestinians who have all lost loved ones in the conflict.

See our video

Education campaign turns Dominican Republic yellow

Dominican education campaigners stand with yellow umbrellas

A campaign supported by Christian Aid partner the Centro Montalvo calling for increased spending on education was very hard to miss in the Dominican Republic.

Yellow Monday

House washed away in climate floods

Juan

Seven-year-old Juan David climbed up a tree and watched as his house collapse into a river – a river that hadn’t been there just a week before.

Find out more

Christian Aid welcomes a BBC apology to Band Aid Trust

Women at the Bulki Service Cooperative get their flour weighed at the cooperative grinding mill in 1987

Christian Aid welcomes a BBC apology for broadcasting claims that much of the famine relief sent to Ethiopia in 1985 was diverted to rebel forces.

BBC apology in detail

‘Nine Thousand Nights’ on the Thai-Burma border

TBBC book

The Thailand Burma Border Consortium has published ‘Nine Thousand Nights: Refugees from Burma, A People’s Scrapbook’, celebrating the extraordinary resilience and dignity of the Burmese refugees.

Read more

British lawyers offer help to court reviewing case against Colombian human rights defender

David Ravelo

Updated September 2013 - Court reviewing the case against David Ravelo, founding member of a human rights organisation, who was jailed on charges of aggravated homicide.

Legal challenge

Postcards from Gaza

Postcards from Gaza

We gave children and young teenagers in Gaza disposable cameras to record scenes from their daily lives.

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Colombia: Fighting for their right to the land

Jozefa, legal representative for the communities in Chocó, Colombia

September 2010 - Afro-descendant communities in Chocó, Colombia, have been fighting to obtain collective titles for their ancestral lands for 11 years.

Fighting for their land

Palestinians' right to work in Lebanon

Sami Taha from Lebanon serving popcorn

August 2010 - Christian Aid partner Najdeh plays a central role in the Right to Work Campaign in Lebanon; where, despite a change in the law, many Palestinians are still unable to work in their chosen professions.

Find out more

The Embera indigenous people of Colombia

Embera indigenous people

August 2010 - The Embera indigenous people have been caught in the cross fire of Colombia's 40 year armed conflict. They endure regular battles with the army, paramilitary and guerrillas.

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Christian Aid partner's life at risk in Colombia

Columbian soldier

July 2010 - Colombian human rights defender Ms Judith Maldonado Mojica has been threatened and assaulted during a violent attack by two armed men.

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Human rights violations in DRC

Maurice

August 2010 - On July 31 2010, Congolese activists commemorated the fifth anniversary of the death of Pascal Kabungulu. His family and colleagues are still waiting for justice.

Video: fighting for justice

Everyone has a right to clean water

Cecilia reaching for drinking water at her school in Bolivia

August 2010 - In July 2010, the UN declared clean drinking water as a fundamental human right. Thousands of Bolivians were involved in grassroot campaigns to bring about this global change.

Read more

Using cooperatives to transform communities

Cooperatives photo gallery

July 2010 - Saturday 3 July 2010 marked the UN Day of Cooperatives. Christian Aid takes this opportunity to look at examples of how its partner organisations are using cooperatives to transform people’s lives.

See our photos

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