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Violence Looms Large Over Arakan

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Reports of Rohingya camps being burned down and destroyed across Pauk Taw, Sittwe have brought fears that an upturn in violence against Rohingya in Burma has begun. In a day of violent outbursts across the Arakan region, there were also wide scale arrests in Maungdaw. This comes amid a spate of anger thought to originate following the death of a Rakhine man...

Rest in peace Nelson Mandela. Today you have gone home.

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By now, every corner of Earth knows of Nelson Mandela’s passing.

It is profound to feel so much sorrow for the passing of a person I have never met. And yet I do. He was unparalleled; his words resonated with peace and exceptional power, like no other.

It surprises me that I cried for him, that I could feel the vacuum his death created from such a distance.

By Nancy Kamal | 06 December 2013 | Blog

Sex Sells: Slavery in the Modern Day

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Sex trafficking is a lucrative business. As the world’s oldest profession it is now one of the fastest growing in an industry worth billions. The United Nations estimates that human trafficking generates more than $31.6 billion each year which makes it the second-most lucrative illicit market in the global economy after the drug trade. It is calculated that 2.5 million people are trafficked each year, of which 1.2 million are children. It has survived the global financial crunch and continues to grow year upon year.

The anti-Roma bigotry in Europe

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Roma people (including Travellers, Gypsies, Manouches, Ashkali, Sinti etc) have been an essential part of the European civilisation for more than a thousand years. They are currently the largest ethnic minority in Europe with an estimated population of 10 to 12 million. Despite these figures, the Roma are still victims of wide spread discrimination and entrenched social exclusion. The majority...

Restless Beings at Cambridge University

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For the past two years Restless Beings has been working directly with students of varying ages from primary and secondary schools, to sixth form colleges and universities all over the UK.

With the start of the new academic year, it was an honour for Restless Beings to be invited to an evening with the Cambridge University International Development Society (CUiD). The society works to provide a non-partisan platform to raise awareness of international development issues and to promote their open discussion, and so it was a pleasure to discuss our work with their members.

Sittwe IDP Camps Report 2013

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Earlier this year, we had researched the Sittwe registered and unregistered IDP camps to highlight the living conditions of the Rohingya who were moved to the area after the Summer attacks in June 2012. We strived to bring attention to the lack food, water, aid and shelter in the registered camps but also focus on the unregistered camps who did not receive anything at all.

Eid clothes in time for the 2013 Eid ul-Adha festivities!

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A few months ago Restless Beings carried out the ‘My Ramadan Resolution’ campaign to give street children Eid gifts (consisting of a meal, new clothes and educational books) at the end of the spiritual month of Ramadan.

It brings us great joy to say we were able to raise enough to buy for all those who frequently use the Centre as well as many more, which was contributed towards the extra food distribution on the day!

The Restless Beings Bangladesh team as well as the children give their heartfelt thanks to the donors and supporters of this project. 

Pres Thein Sein To Visit Arson Attack Township

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President Thein Sein is due to visit Thandwe township tomorrow 2nd October, following large scale destruction and arson across many villages in Arakan state, Burma. Having already praised Wira Thu, the hate speech monk and poster boy of the '969' fascist movement thought to be responsible for recent attacks, it is widely expected that Thein Sein will not publically call for...