Passing the time at an orphanage outside Kampala, Uganda.Photo: ZUMA Press / Alamy

Orphans in limbo

With the Ugandan government announcing it may close down hundreds of illegal orphanages, it is not clear what will happen to the children living in them.

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NI 515 - Making peace in a world at war - September, 2018

Can torturing babies be ok?

According to the UN, most surgeries on intersex babies amount to torture. And yet that is the practice in almost every country in the world today. Valentino Vecchietti calls for urgent change.

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NI 515 - Making peace in a world at war - September, 2018
Arvind Gupta in his lab.Photo: Ashok Rupner

Toys from trash

Simple models by India’s ‘science magician’, Arvind Gupta, are making learning fun for young minds around the world. Priti Salian reports from a classroom in Bangalore.

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NI 508 - Clampdown! Criminalizing dissent - December, 2017
Surrogates in India, such as this woman, carrying a child for a couple in the US, earned around $6,000 for each pregnancy until the government banned it in August 2016.Photo: dpa picture alliance/Alamy Stock Photov

Global babies: who benefits?

Surrogacy has become an international trade that needs tighter regulation, argues Miranda Davies.

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NI 501 - Populism rises again - April, 2017
Illustration by Sarah John

Letter from Cochabamba

Working children have more pressing concerns than the law, discovers Amy Booth.

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NI 499 - African village - January, 2017
British parents boycott school census

British parents boycott school census

Parents have boycotted a school census to protect against administrators being ‘turned into border guards’ by the government, Amy Hall writes.

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NI 498 - The coming war on China - December, 2016
Serah Tomba with Satta and Paul,  two of the orphans she is raising since Ebola. A neighbour’s child looks on. Photo: Hazel Healy

'Everything is on my shoulders'

Serah Tomba went from being a student to sole carer of seven orphans.

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NI 493 - Love in the time of Ebola - June, 2016
The chaos following last year’s earthquakes left children in Nepal more vulnerable to traffickers.Photo: Julian Bound

Crocodile tears and con tricks

Fiona Broom reports from Nepal on the scandal of the ‘orphanage industry’.

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NI 490 - Blood brothers - Saudi Arabia and the West - March, 2016
Members of the White Helmets rescue children in Aleppo after an air strike by the Syrian armed forces, June 2014. Photo: Sultan Kitaz / Reuters

Rushing towards death

It has been called the most dangerous job in the world. The White Helmets are a fearless volunteer force that has pulled thousands of Syrians from the rubble left by the regime's deadly barrel bombs.

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NI 485 - Syria’s good guys - Inside a forgotten revolution - September, 2015

Don't write in the profit margins

Children should be allowed to be children, not taught to 'turn over a profit', argues Steve Parry.

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NI 482 - Global banking now - May, 2015
Juan and his younger brother (peeping out from behind the bricks in the photo below) occasionally snatch moments of play, but their work is never done.Fernando de Berro

Growing upside down

For thousands of Peruvian children, daily life means working to help feed the family. Fernando Del Berro meets one of them.

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NI 481 - Total control - is Monsanto unstoppable? - April, 2015
Migrant families ripped apart

Migrant families ripped apart

Sophie Cousins on Lebanon's decision to send home the children of migrant workers.

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NI 479 - Democracy in the digital era - January, 2015
The distress dealers: an Action Against Hunger advert.The distress dealers: (left) Save the Children, (centre) ActionAid, (right) Action Against hunger.

The unwelcome return of development pornography

John Hilary on a degrading spectacle that keeps coming back.

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NI 478 - NGOs - Do they help? - December, 2014
YES: Nayna Patel is the medical director at Akanksha IVF Clinic, Anand, Gujarat, India. More than 825 surrogate babies have been born at her clinic. Her work has been featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show and on the BBC. She runs the Anand Surrogate Trust for the benefit of the surrogates and their families.

Is surrogacy a legitimate way out of poverty?

Doctors Nayna Patel and Mohan Rao go head to head.

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NI 477 - Big oil RIP? - November, 2014
For Jamile, city life is a daily struggle to find food and shelter, and to avoid multiple dangers.Railway Children

The end of the line

Indian railway stations are a magnet for impoverished children looking for a better future. What usually awaits them is abuse and exploitation. Terina Keene on an initiative helping them find a way out.

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NI 468 - Fracking - the gathering storm - December, 2013
A young sex worker with a client. The vast majority of the girls’ customers are foreign.Girish Gupta

'Everybody preferred children'

Combating child prostitution in Brazil is more urgent than ever – especially with the expected influx of foreign tourists for the 2014 World Cup, writes Olivia Crellin.

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NI 467 - Time to rethink disability - November, 2013
A New Delhi construction worker holds her baby close.Desmond Boylan/Reuters

Keeping Prerna

Daily wage-earner Kajri is defying her husband to save her daughter. She confided in Ankita Balloh.

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NI 466 - Where have all the girls gone? - October, 2013
Praful Rao/Majority World

Only the best... it has to be a boy

Rajashri Dasgupta explodes a few myths about educated middle-class women in India.

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NI 466 - Where have all the girls gone? - October, 2013
YES: CHANTÉ JOSEPH is the Member of the Youth Parliament for Brent in northwest London, as well as regional secretary. She sits on the Youth Select Committee for transport and is a member of the London Youth Involvement Project. She is 17 and is studying for the International Baccalaureate.

Argument: Should 16-year-olds get the vote?

Politics academic Andrew Mycock and UK Youth Parliament member Chanté Joseph go head-to-head.

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NI 465 - How the war on pirates became big business - September, 2013
Girl-friendly: new toilet facilities at the Ga’an Libah school in Somaliland.NGO Africa Educational Trust

A toilet makes a difference

Girls in Somalia now have a better chance of completing their education. Katharina Wecker explains.

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NI 465 - How the war on pirates became big business - September, 2013
Why can’t the 1% play nicely?

Why can’t the 1% play nicely?

The people who would have been labelled bullies in school are described as captains of industry in the adult world, says Steve Parry.

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NI 461 - Demolition job - April, 2013
Letter from Botswana: 'There's a good side to this HIV' Illustration: Sarah John

Letter from Botswana: 'There's a good side to this HIV'

A new birth offers a sign of hope for Lauri Kubuitsile.

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NI 453 - Protection racket - June, 2012

Articles in this category displayed as a table:

Article title From magazine Publication date
Making peace in a world at war September, 2018
Making peace in a world at war September, 2018
Clampdown! Criminalizing dissent December, 2017
Populism rises again April, 2017
African village January, 2017
The coming war on China December, 2016
Love in the time of Ebola June, 2016
Blood brothers - Saudi Arabia and the West March, 2016
Syria’s good guys - Inside a forgotten revolution September, 2015
Global banking now May, 2015
Total control - is Monsanto unstoppable? April, 2015
Democracy in the digital era January, 2015
NGOs - Do they help? December, 2014
Big oil RIP? November, 2014
The politics of language loss June, 2014
Fracking - the gathering storm December, 2013
Time to rethink disability November, 2013
Where have all the girls gone? October, 2013
Where have all the girls gone? October, 2013
How the war on pirates became big business September, 2013
How the war on pirates became big business September, 2013
Demolition job April, 2013
Protection racket June, 2012
Mothers who die March, 2009
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