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Bricked up in Pakistan

Life in a Pakistani Brick kiln Debt is a reality of life around the world. In Pakistan however, when you ask for a loan, you and generations of your family can be trapped for life. The center of this debt misery? Any one of Pakistan’s 20,000 brick kilns “employing” up to 2 million children and […]

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Abandoned Iraq

A lost world After the invasion of Iraq in 2003 and the subsequent regime collapse, the country as a whole fell into a state of disrepair. The collapse of the central government brought with it severe humanitarian problems. Food and medical supplies were in short supply. Protecting Iraq’s ancient cultural sites were not high on […]

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Out of Erbil

“The Iraqi army have taken Pirde 30kms south of here and may advance northwards tonight. What do you want to do?” asked my local Kurdish guide; Balin after pulling me aside. It was October 21st last and we had just arrived in Erbil, the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan. I’ve been managing international tours in “places […]

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