Humans. Of which we are all. We have needs and desires that we hope one day will be met. There are troubles in the world that some of us cannot even comprehend and, fortunately, will never have to suffer. For some, however, such struggles are written in their fate. Bombs drop at their feet, their … Continue reading Before the police come
I have spent the past month in Calais, volunteering with the Refugee Community Kitchen (RCK) and witnessed brave, tireless, relentless and inspiring operations to provide food aid to humans living in and around Calais and Dunkirk. When faced with humans, many of whom voiced to me that their only goal in life at that very moment … Continue reading Privilege. Acknowledge it, and resist it.
We have more in common than what divides us, I truly believe that. But today we are seeing that the political tactic of ‘divide and conquer’ is succeeding in breaking apart the threads of a compassionate civil society. We have allowed the likes of the European Union, a body which symbolises unity, to be … Continue reading I am because we are: the importance of being human
Extraction of natural resources, some would say, has replaced the colonisation of vulnerable and 'undeveloped' countries by Britain and France in the 1800s. Jacques Diouf, head of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, has warned that the world may be slipping into a "neo-colonial" system. 'Resource theft', as environmental campaigners have coined it, involves the land … Continue reading Who owns nature; a new wave of colonialism
Developed. This word is used so interchangeably these days does anyone actually stopped to question its implications. Maybe a 'developed country' is one with educated populations? Admittedly Britain has a good education system. However, the image of children being cultivated into little university-ready figurines by the age of 19 is tarnished when you suddenly remember that the … Continue reading Should we call ourselves ‘developed’?