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First Kyiv, then Ukraine

Lesya Orobets is not happy about things in Ukraine. But she plans to do something about it. At just 32, she is currently the youngest member of the Ukrainian parliament. Now she hopes to become mayor of Kyiv. If successful, she would become not just the youngest person ever to hold the position, but also the first woman.

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Marguerite Barankitse and Maison Shalom: Promoting love and peace in Burundi

Marguerite Barankitse established Maison Shalom in 1993, amidst armed conflict and massacres in Burundi. She has since taken in and educated 20.000 children who lost their parents to war and AIDS, but continues to fight for lasting peace in the country, reconciliation and a better future.

Benki Piyãko: Self-empowerment and struggle against outside exploitation

The leader of an indigenous community in the Amazonian state Acre, Brazil, has decided to defend their land against outside exploitation. He seeks to increase the capacity and ability of the indigenous people to defend themselves and their rights against intruders, and teaches them land management techniques and how to preserve the rich ecosystem of the rainforest.

Rafael Marques de Morais: Blood Diamonds, Corruption and Human Rights in Angola

Rafael Marques de Morais is an Angolan journalist and human rights activist, who fights for freedom of expression and human rights in Angola, especially in the Luanda provinces. He is also the founder of Maka Angola, an initiative dedicated to fighting for democracy and against corruption in Angola.

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Refugee Tragedies In The Mediterranean

UPDATE: The summit meeting on refugee policy of the European heads of state in Brussels at the end of October resulted in no concrete changes or conclusion on the topic. In the meantime, another 800 refugees arrived in Lampedusa and Sicily.

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“It’s not good enough to have a set of written standards, it’s how do you implement them and how do you do that intelligently.” Jim Kennedy, a shelter consultant, gives insight into his work

Jim Kennedy is a shelter consultant with ten years experience in disaster and conflict related responses in shelter and reconstruction. Before starting to work in the field, he did research in the area of world heritage, worked for an architecture firm and received a Masters degree in human settlements. His thesis was on the design and construction of refugee camps. He has not only worked in Asia, Africa and the Middle East, but in many other regions and countries.

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Jim Kennedy speaks on communicating without words, his personal experiences he has gathered over the past ten years, funding appeals and having a sense of humour.