I have been staying in Manila for just over a week now, having arrived in the middle of Typhoon Saola (locally known as Gener). Ever since we left the airport last week the weather has been a key feature here, raining heavily daily, but last night things changed.
A crisis awaits Iraq following Turkey’s extensive dam building project claims Azzam Alwash, the director of one of the country’s largest non-governmental environmental organisations, Nature Iraq. Yet little attention is being give to his proposed methods to avert catastrophe.
It’s often the unexpected things that cause the most impact. My five day visit to Sindh province in southern Pakistan in the first week of September proved to be no exception.
Of all the children I met during my visit to Rajanpur in Punjab province, which was devastated by last year’s floods, I distinctly remember nine-year-old Jamshed who was left traumatised by the disaster. I met him at the government boys’ primary school in the village of Shahnawaz where Save the Children set up temporary classrooms after the school was destroyed.
The best publishing tale of the 90s comes from Jeremy Lewis who found himself one Thursday while an editor at Chatto with a bundle of notes, scribbles on the backs of envelopes and diagrams of family trees from one of his authors. ‘My book about the Indus,’ explained Imran Khan handing them over.
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