Buildings start to separate and grow taller as you travel from Berlin’s city center to the eastern district of Marzahn. It is a different landscape
“The town is like a GDR Disneyland,” jokes Kathrin Henck, taking a breath from her breakneck speed German.She’s the manager of the tourist office in Eisenhüttenstadt, a town with the selling point of being the “first socialist city” in the German Democratic Republic (GDR). “People can come here and see how we lived before the wall,” she explains. “Visually at least.”
Asylum seekers often need translators to convey their situation honestly. But the reality is different. Many refugees bear the brunt of untrained or even untrustworthy interpreters who jeopardise their asylum requests.
With no right to vote, many of the thousands of refugees in the country feel without a voice - objects, and not participants in the political discourse.
When Awad said goodbye to his three-year-old son, he reassured him they would be together again in two months - six at the very most.
"It can help," says professor of psychiatry Malek Bajbouj, "to return to the parable of the six blind men from India and the elephant."
After escaping imprisonment Nihad Alawsi wants the world to recognise what’s happening to girls in Iraq, and why coming home isn’t the end of the ordeal.
Ali and Abdelarahmen, 15-year-old cousins from Syria, pause on one of their regular weekend walks through central Hamburg to take a selfie together in front of the Alster canal – one of their favourite spots in the German city
With a transparency bill proposed in the Knesset that some argue targets human rights organisations, NGOs speak out about challenges to their work.
When the shooting started Simplice Lenguy told his wife to take their children and run. It was 5 December 2013, and the war in Central African Republic had arrived on his doorstep.
In October last year, Bhumika Shrestha touched down in Taiwan, stepped off the plane and made Nepalese history.
In a survey of aid workers on the Global Development Professionals Network, 79% of staff stated they have experienced mental health issues.
"Some arrive and can’t sleep at all. Others arrive and immediately fall asleep for days on end,” says Pina Deiana, shouting from the front seat of a car clearly no stranger to the unforgiving roads of Sicily.
The ability to communicate freely and access information are all promises woven into the big sell of internet connection. But how different is your experience if your mother tongue, for example, is Zulu rather than English?
From Berliners, mention of “Görli” elicits a knowing look, somewhere between suspicion, affection and amusement.
Multilingual comedian Eddie Izzard on making people laugh in another language, human sacrifice, and why comedy will never be the same again.
Female officers are key to protecting women and girls in countries like Pakistan and Afghanistan, but progress is slow and fraught with problems.
After decades of prejudice in Sweden, Ume Sami is spoken by fewer than 50 people. Today the last speakers have turned to technology to revive the indigenous language.