Droughts and climate change are drivers of religious extremism

The overlapping causes of Lake Chad’s humanitarian crisis pose a big challenge to the international community. Photo: EC/ECHO/Anouk Delafortrie, Flickr.

Av: Johanna Caminati Engström

As Boko Haram keeps making the news headlines and with 10.7 million people in urgent need of humanitarian assistance, the crisis in the Lake Chad basin is alarming. Drought, climate change, corrupt governance and religious extremism are only some of the overlapping challenges that the international community faces.

17 juni, 2019, Article, English, Magazine

When Agriculture Smothers the Ocean

Algae blooms occur when the water is polluted with excessive nutrients. Photo: F. Lamiot/Flickr.

Av: Carolina Yang

Agriculture today feeds off the world’s dwindling freshwater resources, yet is a major polluter to the oceans. Dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico is the toxic cultivation from industrial agriculture, choking much of the marine life. The integrated effort in food production and diet could allow the ocean to breathe again.

17 juni, 2019, Article, English, Magazine

Why sand is selling in the desert

Extracting sand for building material affects ecosystems and causes islands to erode and disappear. Photo: USACE NY, Flickr.

Av: Aida Esmailzadeh Davani och Erika Alm

Selling sand in the desert is an old proverb to describe a skilled salesman. However, the definition may need to be reevaluated. Sand used in construction is becoming a rare and precious resource and the high demand is causing problems for ecosystems and humans alike.

17 juni, 2019, Article, English, Magazine

How Slavery Built the World Cup

Builders at Work. There are close to one million migrant workers in Qatar, mainly from South Asia. The majority work in construction. Photo: WBUR Boston's NPR News Station, Flickr.

Av: Åsa Setterquist och Hanna Geschewski

Many were shocked when FIFA announced their choice for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. It is not only a wildcard in international football, but also notorious for the unworthy treatment of its many migrant workers. With only three years left until the first kick-off, not much seems to have improved.

10 april, 2019, Article, English, Magazine

Stolen, Enslaved and now my Wife

Kyrgyzstan has been accused by the United Nations for failing to protect victims and adequately prosecute perpetrators of bride-kidnapping. Photo: Gazvbubu Babayarova.

Av: Iryna Sharypina och Tessa Stockburger

In Kyrgyzstan, a girl is kidnapped every 40 minutes and forced into a marriage with her kidnapper. Now as #MeToo has spread around the globe, Kyrgyz women and girls are speaking out to end this practice.

10 april, 2019, Article, English, Magazine

Inside Mumbai’s Red Light District

A cramped, narrow lane in Kamathipura, Mumbai. Photo: Jaideep Vaidya, Flickr

Av: Johanna Caminati Engström och Jonathan Wirths

In India, addressing sex trafficking remains a challenge. A study from 2013 found that four in five female sex workers in the country have been trafficked and forced into the industry. But what happens afterwards? What are the challenges for organisations that try to support sex workers who have been trafficked? Olga González, who has recently worked in one of Asia’s largest and oldest red light areas in Mumbai, answered our questions.

10 april, 2019, Article, English, Magazine