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Visit to Al Fawwar Refugee Camp, Hebron, Palestine, June 2019

Ayat Alturshan runs several different projects for women and children at different refugee camps in the West Bank, Palestine. I recently had the opportunity to go and visit the Al Fawwar refugee camp on the outskirts of Hebron, West Bank, Palestine with the cultural and educational project, Go Palestine which …

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The Loughinisland Massacre

On June 18 1994, six men were brutally murdered as they sat having a drink in their local pub.  They were watching Ireland play Italy in the soccer World Cup in the Heights Bar, Loughinisland – a small village in County Down, Northern Ireland.    Their only crime that night was …

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What Brexit means to border communities in Ireland

With the date that the UK is due to leave the European Union (EU) drawing ever closer – March 29, 2019 – no-one seems to be any the wiser about what is going to happen.  Will there be a deal at all?  Will there be a back-stop?  Will there be …

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Living Under Occupation in the West Bank

Living under occupation in the West Bank As I strolled through the streets of the Old Town market near the home of Idress Zahdeh, rocks, other missiles and rubbish were landing on the grills and tarpaulins above my head, which were put there in order to protect the shoppers, shopkeepers, …

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Surf Lebanon: The Middle East’s core surf scene

Surf Lebanon is a crew who surf a range of waves just south of Lebanon’s capital, Beirut. After a quick surf, I spoke to the founder and centre of Lebanon’s surf scene, Ali Elamine, about his shop and met a few of the local surfers hanging out on the beach.

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Syrian refugees in Lebanon eight years on

As Lebanon airs the offer of free one-way tickets out, refugees say they are not even receiving basic medicine and food, while their homes can- not stand another harsh winter storm Beqaa Valley, Lebanon – When Myriam Mohammad found out that her home in Hamas, Syria, had been completely destroyed, …

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Meet the founder and head coach of Belfast’s cross-community boxing club

Meet Terry McCorran, founder and head coach of Belfast’s cross-community boxing club. The City of Belfast Boxing Academy backs on to the East Strand Peace Wall. Open for eight years, the club caters for anyone from every part of the city, eschewing a specific sectarian identity, common with sports clubs …

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Cookstown hotel disco ‘crush’: Three teens dead

Three teenagers died after a crush at a St Patrick’s Day party at a hotel in Cookstown, County Tyrone. Lauren Bullock, 17, Morgan Barnard, 17, and 16-year-old Connor Currie, died after the incident outside the Greenvale Hotel on 17th March. The police said a large group of young people had …

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Newhill Football Club Grounds Destroyed

On the 9thof April 2019 It was reported that a group of individuals destroyed Newhill Football Club’s grounds in West Belfast A car was bought with the sole purpose of using it to cause damage to the pitch.  The gates of the Whiterock Leisure Centre in West Belfast were left …

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Local charity warns that dog abandonment is still a serious issue in Northern Ireland

“We don’t see a year it’s not decreasing” In the year 2018, there were over 55,000 stray dogs across the UK according to the Dogs Trust’s Stray Dogs Survey report, and around 300 stray dogs put down in Northern Ireland according to the Department of Agriculture.  The Causeway Coast Dog …