It is a far cry from the glamour of Hollywood, but through the power of film the British Red Cross is tackling the deadly cholera outbreak in Sierra Leone.
In many parts of the world, weapons are easy to obtain and armed violence is pervasive as a result of the poorly regulated international trade in conventional arms
Drought in the Sahel region of West Africa is fast becoming a humanitarian crisis; Henry Makiwa travels to Burkina Faso to see how the lack of rain and an influx of refugees have affected the country.
It has been one year since monsoon rains triggered landslides and flooding, the likes of which Pakistan has not experienced in 80 years. In its wake, hundreds of thousands of homes were damaged or destroyed, millions of acres of valuable farmland were left water-logged, and infrastructure such as roads and bridges were swept away. One fifth of the country was submerged, and a staggering 20 million people were affected.
We are on the verge of seeing the birth of a new African nation, one that will have emerged through the will of its people. It will be a time of optimism, a time of risk, and a time of opportunities that we should not miss.
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