Authors Posts by Helena Derwash

Helena Derwash


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  As I make my hundredth attempt at getting our Skype connection working, I listen carefully awaiting the sound of his breath. Finally, a crackle on the line and I hear him speak. It’s a clearer connection and finally I can share his story. This is him, speaking from Iraq. “I’m a survivor of the Syrian war. I have been in Iraq since February 2013, working in IDP camps for UNICEF as Child Development Officer. Again I remember I am one of the lucky few. I’m one of the lucky few, as I write this in mid August 2014, just

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Syria is going through one of the world’s deadly conflicts – this civil war, which began as the “Jasmine Revolution” Arab uprising started in March 2011 it spilled over from Tunisia, the countrywide protests against president Bashar al-Assad’s government began. The Arab uprising was instigated by the dissatisfaction by populations of the ruling governments, dictatorships, corruption, and monarch rule.  Assad’s regime which has been in power for over 40 years, responded with deadly crackdowns against the armed rebellion. The Free Syrian Army and the Islamic Front, both have been fighting the regime’s troops. Last year, Hezbollah also stepped in to

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  The Island of Borneo, which holds the title of the third largest island in the world and was once covered in thick rainforests was and is being cleared and mined at a rate unparalleled by mankind in human history. Situated in South East Asia, and belonging to three countries, majority of the island is Indonesia’s 17,000- island archipelago. More than half of the annual global tropical timber in the world comes from logging in Borneo, much of this clearing is illegal and the land is then used for palm oil plantations, mining and agricultural land. The speed and ferocity of

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Almost half the world’s plant species and one-third of vertebrates are endemic to twenty-five “hotspots” of biodiversity on the planet, each of which has at least 1500 endemic plant species most of which has not had the opportunity to be researched for areas such as  cures to illness. What’s even more concerning is that none of these hotspots have more than one-third of their pristine habitat remaining. Previously they covered 12 percent of the land’s surface, but today this habitat covers only 1.4% of the land on earth.  Humans are clearing the planet at a unprecedented rate to man kind. These

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Afghanistan has most definitely experienced the most hardship of any country in the world, successively for decades. The geographic location of this nation has seen every empire try and conquer it using it for a trade route, from Alexander the Great to Genghis Khan, there is no empire that has not left its mark upon this land. This is clearly evident in the diverse appearance of all the people, no other country in the world can boast such an ethnically mixed gender of population. The decades of war and hardship in particular, the treatment of women and children, is by