I moved to Prague, the 'Golden City', in 1994 to study at the Academy of Art. It was a mere five years after the Velvet Revolution and the 'City of a hundred spires' was a very different place then. Decades of communist rule still cast a long shadow over...


Britain has now been subjected to more than 10 years of austerity. While those at the top were given the biggest state-sponsored bailout in history during and after the financial crisis of 2008, the rest of society has had to pay for it. For those at the...


The price of vanilla is at an all time high. Between 2014 and 2017, it rose from USD 40 a kilogram to over USD 600. Madagascar, and especially its northeaster Sava region, is the source of around four fifth of the world's cured vanilla with an annual ...


What is the difference, nutritionally speaking, between a juicy piece of beef tenderloin and a rat's hindquarters. Not a lot, according to rodentologists, or people who study rats and other members of the rodent family. The tissue of mammals, the most ...


The streets of Eritrea's capital in the run-up to the 2019 Independence Day celebrations on May 24 were unusually quiet. But cafes and restaurant were full of Eritreans from the diaspora who had traveled back to celebrate 28 years of national ...


After almost four and a half years of war in Syria almost half of the population has now been displaced. Nearly four million people have fled across its borders to the surrounding countries of Turkey, Lebanon, Iraq and Jordan, while more than six and a ...


On my first trip more than five years ago, the contrast between Iraq and Syria's Kurdish regions could not have been more apparent. In Iraq in 2012, tourism and business development were huge moneymakers in Iraq's Kurdish region, while in Syria, the ...


In 2012, the government of the Democratic Republic of Congo made it mandatory for all civil servants' salaries to be paid into bank accounts. Previously, government employees had received their wages in cash from their bank managers, a member of the ...


The Northeast Passage - the sea route connecting the Atlantic and Pacific oceans over the top of Norway and Russia - has for centuries fascinated intrepid seafarers in their search for a shortcut between the two oceans. Before the Suez and Panama canals,...


In 2011 South Sudan gained independence from Sudan and become the world's newest country. Yet old grievances between different communities in the new nation quickly erupted into a brutal civl war in 2013, causing thousands to seek safety across the ...


The subject of immigration has been propelled to the top of the political agenda in the United States with the arrival of Donald Trump, a strident nationalist, in the White House. His campaign slogans of "America First" and "Make America ...


One of the main reasons why girls in Uganda miss school or drop out altogether is the lack of readily available sanitary products . Shame and fear mean that three out of ten girls fail to turn up for school during their period. This exacerbates the low ...


A different take on the Brexit debate. Bread is something that unites us all. It is a symbol of peace. If you have bread you have enough to eat. It is also a word for money. Each of the 28 countries in the European Union has its own identity,...


Palm oil has been used for cooking in Africa for thousands of years. Yet more recently, it has become a highly lucrative cash crop that is used in thousands of products ranging from cleaning detergents , shampoo and cosmetics to chocolate, ice cream and ...


In an inaccessible and remote part of Madagascar where the state has virtually no presence, the local Vezo community has set up a marine reserve to take control of its sole economic resource - the ocean. Their holistic approach covers everything from...


In northern Uganda, a mysterious illness affects thousands of children from the Acholi ethnic group between the ages of 5 and 15. To date, no one is known to have recovered from the disease and little is known about its causes, even though it affects ...


Even as mankind increasingly understands that only a small fraction of the species with which we share this planet have been discovered, mass extinction threatens all life, including our own. Biologists are describing new species of plants and animals at...


Luzira Maximum Security Prison on the outskirts of Kampala, Uganda's capital, is a grim place. Built in the 1920s by the British colonial administration to house 1,700 inmates Luzira today, like many African prisons, is hopelessly overcrowded, often ...


The story of the Martyrs of Namugongo marks a turning point in Uganda's recent history and forms an integral part of it's Christian consciousness. On 3 June 1886, at the court of King Mwanga II of Buganda, 32 young men who served as pages were burned to ...


In Wakaliga slum in the Ugandan capital Kampala, Isaac Nabwana (aka Nabwana IGG) has put the country on the cinematic map by producing dozens of ultra-low budget action movies that feature helicopter raids, martial arts sequences, zombies and lots of ...


Over several years, photographer Steve Forrest has documented the hustle and bustle of College Green, an area of grass outside the Houses of Parliament that regularly plays host to television interviews with politicians. From the premiership of Tony ...


Since 2015, Burmese photographer Ko Myo has been documenting the battle to save Myanmars elephants. The country is home to one of the largest wild elephant populations in Southeast Asia, but specialists are warning that they could be wiped out within ten...


Brexit means....? On 11 July 2016, the day she became Prime Minister, Theresa May famously said that "Brexit means Brexit". Almost a thousand days and a thousand political convulsions later, both the British public, and increasingly the ...


"We're so lucky to have British soldiers bringing us firewood" says Kaisa-Wenche Vivisdatter, a volunteer at a remote trekking cabin. High in the mountains of a Norwegian national park, nearly 400 km north of the arctic circle, the enormous ...


In 2011 South Sudan gained independence from Sudan and become the worlds newest country. Yet old grievances between different communities in the new nation quickly erupted into a brutal civil war in 2013, causing thousands to seek safety across the ...


Ivory Coast is uniquely dependent on cacao which accounts for 40% of national export income and is thought to be the main source of livelihood for around 6 million of the country's 26 million inhabitants. Ahead of Ghana, the other major producer in West ...


The death of four US soldiers in Niger in 2017 put the spotlight on the west African country in a way that it has never experienced before. Already it seems like people's attention is beginning to fade as new catastrophes engulf the news cycle. That ...


Parmigiano Reggiano is one of Italy's premier export products and a pillar of Italian cuisine that has become a staple of middle class kitchens the world over. Its rustic image - the dense, uneven chunks of cheese made of unpasteurised milk that can ...


Today's cruise ships resemble small towns, complete with shops, restaurants, cafes, discotheques, fitness rooms, casinos, swimming pools and even mini golf courses. In the fight against boredom, a team of animators organises round the clock activities ...


On 7th January 1979, the Vietnamese Army entered Phnom Penh and established a pro-Vietnamese Kampuchean state, known as the People's Republic of Kampuchea, liberating Cambodia of the scourge of the Khmer Rouge killing machine. The Khmer Rouge leadership,...


Less than four weeks before the United Kingdom is due to leave the European Union, failing a last minute compromise or extension of the negotiating period, Piotr Malecki walked around London and asked a random mix of people how they thought Brexit would ...


It's common for western charities to collect used clothes and ship them, by the bale, to Africa as a form of aid. These donations, discarded by well-meaning Americans and Europeans, rarely make it to the end-user as charity though. Instead, donations are...


The shores of Lake Naivasha northeast of Kenya's capital Nairobi, made famous by the film 'Out of Africa', are covered in swathes of greenhouses producing one of the country's most valuable agricultural exports. Two fifths of all roses sold in Europe are...


"I pointed out to the little prince that baobabs were not little bushes but, on the contrary, trees as big as castles; and that even if he took a whole herd of elephants away with him, the herd would not eat up one single baobab." Antoine de...


Mennonites are Christians Anabaptists who arrived in Bolivia during the 1950s from Canada, Mexico and Belize. The government in Bolivia promised them land and religious freedom, and they came with the hope of preserving their traditional, simple way of ...


Over the past 15 years, Paraguay's landscape and economy have undergone drastic changes. Production of genetically modified soybean has bolstered the landlocked country's coffers to make it one of the fastest growing economies in Latin America. As of ...