Peter Ash: Fighting for the rights of people with albinism

In large parts of Africa people with albinism live in constant fear of being killed or maimed. The continent lives under the deep-rooted superstition that their light-skinned body parts bring good luck. Canadian Peter Ash, himself a sufferer of albinism, founded an organization that offers these persecuted children protection.

Gamal Eid: “I will never give up being a human rights defender”

Gamal Eid is one of the leading human rights activists in Egypt. He is the founder and Executive Director of the Arabic Network of Human Rights Information (ANHRI). In 2011, his organization won the “Roland Berger Human Dignity Award”. In an interview, he talked about the terrible human rights situation in Egypt and his struggle for freedom of expression.

Ash-Sham Care: Playgrounds and education for Syrian children

War has been raging in Syria for years. The situation is especially bad for the children. The school system has collapsed. Their prospects are bleak. Swiss aid organization Ash-Sham Care is doing its best to give the children of Syria an outlook for the future.

Photo: Ash-Sham Care

Solánge Bezerra: Help for Brazilian street children

In the Brazilian coastal city of Recife, hundreds of children are forced to live on the streets. They get little sleep and live among the dirt and the vermin. They are constantly on the run from paramilitary groups who harass the children or brutally murder them. Solánge Bezerra and her aid organization, "Grupo Ruas e Praças", want to give the children a place to rest, recover and play.

Kinda Hibrawi creating positive memories for refugee kids

Many young Syrians have lost everything: their home, their normal life, their friends and often even family members. Their memories of screams, gunshots and bombs exploding are stored deep down. A lot of these children and young people are seriously traumatized. Experts already speak of a "lost generation". But Kinda Hibrawi doesn't want to give up on this generation. The US artist has Syrian roots herself. As the education Director of Karam Foundation she organizes camps for Syrian refugee children. She wants to inspire them with art and photography, creative writing, painting and sports. In an interview she tells us what she wants to accomplish over the long term with her "Zeitouna" project.

The Catrambones save refugee lives

In 2014, 3,419 refugees drowned in the Mediterranean – a tragedy that Christopher and Regina Catrambone weren't willing to just stand by and watch anymore. The US entrepreneur-couple bought a ship and put together a crew of sailors and medical practitioners, and since summer 2014 they have been combing the Mediterranean Sea, rescuing refugees in distress.

Photo: Migrant Offshore Aid Station

Dr. Suray Bakkar and his desire to help the injured

The physician Dr. Suray Bakkar was persecuted in his homeland of Syria and had to flee. But he still found a way to help his fellow compatriots. Together with other doctors, he founded the Akilah Hospital in Amman in Jordan. It takes care of Syrian refugees free of charge – needless to say an enormous help for them. Now, however, due to a new immigration law, Dr. Bakkar is no longer allowed to enter Jordan. He is the director of a hospital he is not allowed to even visit. This is the story of a humanitarian who repeatedly finds himself having to overcome obstacles.

Photo: Syria Relief & Development

Enos Nolli: Fighting disappointment

The problematic situation in Sicilian refugee camps is continuing to escalate. The camps are bursting at the seams. They do not have enough blankets, clothes or shoes. Enos Nolli and his organization "Gioventù in Missione" provide the urgently needed supplies. They try to give the refugees a ray of hope in their seemingly hopeless situation.